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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dante Capozzoli, LB, Kean University

Dante Capozzoli
Kean University linebacker Dante Capozzoli recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen. Check out his interview.
  • Name: Dante Capozzoli
  • Position: LB
  • College: Kean University 
  • Height: 5′ 9″
  • Weight: 200 lbs 
  • Twitter: @dante_capozzoli

1.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My favorite moments of my football life would have to be all the lessons I have learned playing the game all the coaches that I’ve learned so much from and all the tough experiences we had to get through to make us into a family.

2.What is your favorite workout?

I love chest day like most other people, my favorite workout would have to be barbell floor press.

3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

My mindset has always been that I’m the baddest dude on the field and that no one can touch me , that confidence is needed, you can’t have any doubt once  you step foot on the field.

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4.If your life was a TV show what would you call it and why?

Underestimated, I picked this because my whole life I’ve been underestimated with football, no one but my coaches and close friends and family would have  ever thought I’d have a great career in college but the goal is not to prove those people wrong it’s to prove the people that did believe in me right.

5.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?

My favorite stadium has to be Christopher Newport University’s stadium my sophomore year, it was their homecoming it was wet and muddy and had the stands filled great atmosphere to play in.  

6.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?

I hope to be the best on the field at all times if I make it to the NFL but my list would be to make a team, become a starter and as I said earlier prove the people who believed in me right by being the best player for the job.

7.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

So far the biggest challenge of my life would have to be seeing two of my grandparents suffer through Alzheimer’s and watching my family suffer because of that, it took a toll on my family and was a real rough patch in my life.

8. What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Growing up my cousin played football at Montclair state and he made it to the arena league we used to go watch him play in college and arena,I would always love going and would be so interested in how the game worked that lead me to love the game.

9.What do you do for fun?

I love working out when I’m not working out I like to go out with my friends and hangout with family.

10.What would a team get in a player like you?

A team would get a player that would work hard every single day and give his best while also being very eager to learn from the best.

11.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I would pick Sam Mills, this is because he was one of the best to ever play and he had that “disadvantage” of being shorter than the rest and he knows what it feels like to be underestimated and I base my football play on him quick and hard hitting.

12.How has your experience as a Kean University Cougars football player been?

Being a Kean Cougar is single handily the best decision I’ve ever made, Coach Garret changed my life in many different ways, he cares about us as people before us as players. I have learned many different things from many different coaches at Kean such as coach Kreider our Defensive coordinator, coach Z our LB coach and Coach Goodman, the craziest guy I know but one of the best to ever play at Kean. One thing all of our coaches have in common is they all care about us as people and would do anything for us.

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