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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: DuShon David, TE, Bowie State University

DuShon David the playmaking tight end from Bowie State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: DuShon David
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 235
  • Position: TE
  • College: Bowie State University 
  • Twitter: @dushondavid

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

• Living in different cities growing up gave me they chance to meet people from D.C to Maryland. It also gave me the chance to see the world from the fortunate and unfortunate side. This helped me remain humble throughout my life.

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

• 1.Strength and Conditioning 

– In order to perform how you want to on the  field you have to be in shape. Being in shape will keep you from being fatigue giving your mind and body and advantage over the opponent. Strength and conditioning with the team is important as well. Building that bond in the weight room and track, pushing one another and seeing the next mans work ethic is key for team success.   

2. Film Study

– Before you can attack practice you have to know what your specific goals of the day are based on your opponent. Knowing your opponents weaknesses and tendencies can give you the opportunity to make the game changing play. In order to practice how you play film study is essential in preparation for your opponent.   

3. Practice

– Strength/conditioning is something a player should handle on their own and film study is something that a player watches with coaches and should look over on their own, so when it is time to practice you are not wasting reps and time by conditioning and teaching technique that should already be accounted for. Practice is very important and should be treated like a game and you don’t want to go into a game out of shape and without watching any film.   

What do you worry about, and why?

– Failure is one of my biggest fears so succeeding in life is something I do not take lightly. Growing up I was always a family man, so me being successful is also success for my brothers and family. I try my best to be a good role model foe my younger brother and being successful in life would play a big role in that.

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

• The first time I took the written drivers test, I assumed i knew all there was to know about driving I took the test without studying, long story short I failed. The pain of failure sunk in and it was a feeling I never wanted to deal with again. I studied the book inside and out, when I got the opportunity to retake it I passed with flying colors. This taught me preparing and doing things right the first time and can take me a long way in life.   

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My worth ethic, lifting with the bigs and running with the skills, pushing my teammates and I i’m always looking for a way to get bet better. 

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

• Darius Leonard – LB South Carolina State 

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

• An officer in the criminal justice field.

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

– Room, if you keep your room clean naturally everything else will follow.  

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

• I have to say a family member because of history and lineage. But Situations like that you can’t prepare for only adapt. 

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

• The Black Panther because I would be able to provide for my family fund my dreams. I would be able to build indoor sports facilities all over the D.C and Maryland area. Not to mention those super powers would definitely help on the field. 

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

• As a baby before I was even a year old I was diagnosed with Tuberculosis (disease that clogs your lungs) the doctors said there was no way I should be alive, god willing I made it through. Ever since then I knew there was a plan for my life and I intend on taking advantage 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• Back in High School I played QB, at the time I was 5’6 and weighed 160lbs. We were doing the Oklahoma drill and it was the biggest guy on the teams turn. Of course I jumped out in front of him and all of my teammates tried to save me but the coach wanted to see my heart. Unfortunately he ran me over, but in my defense i made the tackle. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Catching my 10th Touchdown on the season at a home game to help change the momentum in the playoffs during my last collegiate game. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

• Gunna – Cant Relate

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

• Remaining humble, having the humble mindset will keep you from becoming lazy and complacent. With that mindset you believe there is always room for improvement which will lead to you perfecting your craft any chance you get.

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

• It would have to be my Grandfather unfortunately we did not get to spend a lot of time together but I have memories and all the stories my mother has told me. I would just like to spend a day with him and ask him some questions.

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

• 7/30 Club 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• I believe there are a bunch of underrated players in the NFL and that every player should think of themselves as underrated in order to keep themselves driven and hungry for greatness.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• I would rather be respected than liked. Unfortunately there will always be people who don’t like you, but if they respect you there is a chance that you can change their views or at least maintain a distant relationship without conflict.

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

• I feel for all athletes who careers derailed, you never know what someone is going through mentally, emotionally and/or physically. I cannot speak for other people but i’m sure if they had the opportunity they would fix their mistakes go back to playing the game they love and taking care of their loved ones.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I love to win. All the preparation that goes into the process of winning makes victory even sweeter. 

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

• My two brothers even though we have our differences we all have a mutual understanding. Being the middle child I have been the little brother and the big brother so I know the important each role. My two brothers and I have plans to enjoy 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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