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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Michael Sims, QB, Morehouse College

Michael Sims Morehouse
Michael Sims the dual threat lefty quarterback from Morehouse College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Michael Sims
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Position: QB
  • College: Morehouse College
  • Twitter: @MikeSims_

Tell us about your university/college. Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?

Morehouse is a world renowned institution filled with rich tradition and history. In addition to athletics, I am a member of the Bonner Scholars Program through which I am the President of our NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee. 

How did you end up at Morehouse College?

My older sister, Crystal, is a graduate from Spelman College which allowed me to experience the Atlanta University Center. Morehouse then blessed me with an opportunity as a walk-on. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

Poise or leadership. The ability to balance success and adversity through the course of a game. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?

Since playing high school ball at University of Detroit Jesuit, I have played in a fast-paced spread offense very similar to what we run at Morehouse so I am definitely familiar with the spread scheme. 

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

I’ve been able to play with and against some great players but the best player I’ve played is Voris Bryant.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

Santo Dunn and Frank Bailey are both electric players. Looking forward to seeing both of them flourish this upcoming season

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Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.

My senior year of high school I unfortunately broke my ankle in the first quarter of our first game. I sat out for 8 weeks and later returned for the final 2 games. Following my injury, I only came in contact with a few Division 3 schools. In late April of my senior year of high school, I visited Morehouse for their annual accepted students weekend where I met Coach Freeman, and he offered me a spot on the team. I worked my way up as a walk on to eventually start late in my freshman season. 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?

I am most proud of the impact that I’ve been able to have within the West End Atlanta Community. As a bonner scholar we are required to complete 280 service hours per academic year. It’s been an amazing experience working with elementary students as a mentor. It’s important to leave a lasting and positive impact for our youth. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.

The most memorable play of my collegiate career is by far a Hail Mary walk off touchdown pass against Miles College my sophomore year in the Chicago Football Classic. 

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?

Basketball for sure. I played basketball all four years in high school and also won a state championship. 

What was your major/minor? Other than football, what would be your dream job?

I major in business administration with a concentration in Finance. I would definitely love working with the NBA or NFL. I want to stay connected with professional sports. 

What have you been working on in the off-season?

Working to improve my footwork, accuracy/delivery and weight training. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?

My favorite player in the NFL is Deshaun Watson. Improvisation and extending plays are essential at the quarterback position. I definitely try to steal some things from him and apply it to my game. 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Do you have any secret talents?

In my spare time I read, play video games, watch tv shows and create content for my brand. I’m also a pretty good chess player. 

Why do you play football?

Football means the world to me. I’ve learned many valuable life lessons through this game such as teamwork, leadership and resilience. It has helped mold me into the man and person I am today.

Who or what motivates you the most?

Just to have the opportunity to play football at the collegiate level is a huge blessing. While there are thousands of kids across the country that aren’t able to play the sport or reach this level, I realize that this is a chance of a lifetime and I need to use my gifts from God as best I can to inspire those following after me and to thank those who have always believed in me.

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