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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Keyston Fuller, WR, University of Richmond

Keyston Fuller the solid WR from the University of Richmond that recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Keyston Fuller
  • University of Richmond
  • WR
  • 5’11”
  • 195lbs.
  • Hometown: Griffin, GA
  • Twitter: @1Keyston

2019 Accolades & Statistics:

  • 2019 CAA Football Third Team Offense.
  • GP: 12
  • REC: 53
  • REC YDS: 962
  • YDS/REC: 18.15
  • TDs: 10
via @1Keyston (Twitter)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

My biggest motivation as an athlete is my family. They have invested a lot into me from a love standpoint and I just want to make them proud of everything I do. It makes me feel good knowing I have their support and I just want to show them my love and appreciation through my work.

What defines success for you?

Success is more than just stats for me. I believe you are truly successful when you are in a position to achieve the goals you have set for yourself and you have a clear focus and exact directions on what you want to do next.

What would your teammates say about the type of teammate you are?

My teammates would say that I am a high-energy guy but very insightful. They would say I’m willing to help them in any way and if I cannot, I will find someone who can.

via @SpiderFootball (Twitter)

What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?

One rule that I stick to is not breaking my schedule. I am very strict about things I set for myself and will not allow myself to slack off in that regard. I hold myself to a high standard and slacking off on something as simple as that may trickle over into other aspects of my life.

When did you fall in love with football?

I fell in love with football at the age of seven. I actually had to beg my mother to let me play. Some of my friends who were on my baseball and basketball teams were playing football that next year and that’s all they would talk about. My mother had made her mind up that I would not be playing football but after my friends and coaches convinced her, she gave in.

What do you do to calm the butterflies before a game?

I usually have a box of Nerds to eat during my pregame routine to calm the butterflies. Nerds are a childhood favorite of mine so I believe the memories associated with the candy keep me calm.

via @CAAFootball (Twitter)

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Lamar Jackson, hands down.

What is the best part about competition?

The best part about competition is that your opponent is always going to give their best and you in turn get better. I believe that’s what the best part of competition is.

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

I always play with the Chiefs so I can play with Tyreek Hill and Patrick Mahomes.

via Keyston Fuller (YouTube)

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

I always pray and talk to my family. I have dealt with a lot of failures already in life and I believe my faith and family allowed me to bounce back faster than if I were to try and tackle it on my own.

Who is your sports hero? Why?

My sports hero is LeBron James because of the things he does on and off the court. He continually raises the bar in all aspects of his life and that is how I aspire to be as an athlete and person.

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

I try to model my routes after Tyreek Hill and my hands after DeAndre Hopkins.

via @SpiderFootball (Twitter)

Knowing what you do now, what would you go back and tell yourself as a High-School Freshman?

I would tell myself to take the weight room seriously. I was always a strong kid but there was definitely room for me to improve my strength more than I did at that age.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

My roommates and I would always go to MOD Pizza. There was one day over the summer when we went three times in one day.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

“A Guide to Being Resilient.” A short title but very profound and I think this word definitely embodies what I have gone through in life.

via @SpiderFootball (Twitter)

What is playing in your headphones before a game?

I have artists like Gunna, Lil Keed, Travis Scott, Future, Lil Uzi, and Young Thug to name a few on my pregame playlist.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

It would be my great grandmother Esther. She taught me a lot while she was here and definitely taught me how to treat other people. I saw how she interacted with everyone and how she always made everyone feel good about themselves just by how she treated them.

When football is over, what will your legacy be?

My legacy will be how I treated others with love and respect simply because that is what they deserve. That is the biggest lesson I have learned as a person and as a football player. I try to make that evident in all my relationships with people.

Give me your elevator pitch to a Pro Football GM in 15 words or less. Why should we invest in you?

I’m more than speed and hands. I’m a resilient man who knows how to work.

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