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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dustin Rivera, OC, Southwestern College (KS)

Dustin Rivera
Dustin Rivera was the Rimington Award winner last season. He will return for his senior year, and we expect him to have a huge season.
  • Name: Dustin Rivera
  • Height: 5’11
  • Weight: 285
  • Position: Center 
  • College: Southwestern College – KS
  • Twitter: @DastinoSon

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city? 

• The best restaurant in my hometown of Buckeye, AZ is definitely the Wild West Steakhouse.

When breaking down your film what will stick out? 

• My snaps, footwork, hand placement then assignment.

If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money? 

• I would take care of my mother as she did for me when I was younger.

What has been your biggest failure? 

• My biggest failure is that I couldn’t spend more time with my family. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My work ethic, leadership and willingness to do whatever it takes to win. 

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

• Darren Hicks 

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

• Dastino Heat but my friends just say Dastino.

What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job? 

• Physical Education and being a College Football Coach.

What is your coolest life moment? 

• When I found out that my best friend was going to college with me. 

What song would you sing at Karaoke night? 

• Good Life by Kanye west feat. T-Pain…. I got to redeem myself. 

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If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking? 

• Robert Downey Jr. 

Who is your favorite football team? 

• Los Angeles Chargers.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

• Beware: I might say something that may come across wrong. 

What is your biggest fear? 

• My biggest fear is that I won’t be happy.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Austin Ekeler 

Take us through game day, How do you prepare? 

• I do a series of gameday rituals the day before and get about 4-5 hours of sleep. Then, I wake up go straight to breakfast or lunch, go home grab my gameday socks, tights and ear phones to listen to music. Afterwards I head to the locker room with the boys and chill out until I can go get taped and get ready for pre game. 

Do you have any hobbies? 

• I play video games with my friends and go out and about when I can. 

If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be? 

• Joe Thomas, because the only time I’ve ever missed a snap is if a DL rips my helmet off. 

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

• My mother because she came from Mexico with nothing and after 27 years she has everything she ever wanted. 

What motivates you to work hard?

• My desire to win. 

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