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Future NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Damien Williams, LB, Saint Anselm College

Damien Williams the hard hitting linebacker from Saint Anselm College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot. Check it out.

• Name: Damien Williams
• Height: 6’2″
• Weight: 230
• Position: Linebacker
• College: Saint Anselm College 
• Twitter: @DamesW39

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

• My hometown is Oxon Hill, Maryland and what I love most about it is that everyone around the way has a different hustle. Everyone trying to make their own way out and the community is always supportive of that no matter who that person is. 

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

• Film Study, Practice and Conditioning in that order. I would say film study first because in order to be a master of the game who have to be able to know what everyone on your side of the ball is doing, including the opposite side. Practice is next because that’s where you have to be more of a hands-on learner and execute what you seen on film. Plus, you get to perfect your craft before the games. Conditioning is last because that’s something that can be done on your own at any given time.  

What do you worry about, and why?

• I worry about not being successful. The only reason for that is my family invested so much into me so that I can be great on and off the field and their depending on me to make something happen.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

•The one time I failed at something was a midterm around my freshman year. I reacted in a calm state of mind by not letting that one test define me. From then on I made a plan to pass the rest of my assignments. I overcame that adversity and ended the year on an excellent note in that class.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• I think my teammates would say that my best quality is my determination. I strive to be a person than I was the day before and I think my teammates see that I am always pushing to better myself in any given task. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

• The best player I’ve played against in college was Deonte Harris. I would say him because it kind of gave me a first hand look of what an impact player could really do and the fact that he’s in the NFL is a testament to his game.

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?

•I would definitely be a sports broadcaster if I never played football. I was always a sports fanatic since a kid so talking about different statistics from each sport, the competitiveness and the excitement that people get cheering on their teams made me want to just be around the game and be a major contributor to the world of sports. 

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

• I clean my room first no matter what. I think that you really can’t start your day on the right foot if you don’t have your house in order. 

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

• I would save my family member for sure. I would feel like my family member would do the exact same for me without hesitation because that’s what family is all about

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

• I would be superman. His powers are unmatched and his larger than life status in the DC universe is unbelievable.

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

•My biggest adversity in life was probably my first year in middle school getting suspended for the rest of that year. I dealt with it by just trying to worry more about my studies instead of trying to make friends with everyone. Also when I stopped hanging around the group of people I was with everything turned out for the best once they allowed me back into the school.  

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• My most embarrassing moment was in elementary school. I ended up slipping on a huge water spill in the middle of lunch and I dropped all the food on my clothes and pants. I had to call my dad out of work so he could get me a change of clothes and everyone was laughing at me the whole day after that. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• My most memorable play of my college career so far was my first sack. We was practicing on the exact play that I would have the opportunity to make the tackle and when it happened I was hyped that I was able to execute it. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

• A song that would be describe my work ethic would be “Eye Of The Tiger”. 

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?

• I think the most important trait that I would help me at the next level is my field IQ. I feel like my whole playing career I could easily dissect a play before it even happens based on the yardage, tendencies and formations. I feel that coaches would be ecstatic to have a coach-like player on the field. 

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

• I would want to bring back it would have to be my grandfather on my father’s side. Everyone tells me that we both have the same type of motivation to be great no matter what mindset. So being able to get some wisdom from him and being able to talk with him would be a dream come true. 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?

•Turnt Town Club

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

•  Jaylon Smith for the Dallas Cowboys. People sometimes overlook him because he not in the media a lot but he’s a game changer. 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I rather be liked. I would say that because I believe that once people like you as a person then the respect will follow. 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

•I feel bad for Colin Kapernick that most. He was just trying to bring attention to the police brutalities that is still going on in today’s society. The fact that no team wants to take a chance on him even with his proven success makes me feel  sympathetic for him. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose. I feel like winning is something that is supposed to happen if you worked hard for it. Losing however, makes you think “what more could I have done” and it just makes you question a lot. 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

• My mom. She’s basically the reason I’m still chasing this dream of playing at the next level. Being able to help her financially and emotionally is all I care about at this point in my life.  

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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