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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Greg Brooks, OL, Fayetteville State

Greg Brooks
Fayetteville State offensive lineman Greg Brooks recently sat down with Jimmy Williams of NFL Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Greg Brooks
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 290 lbs
  • Position: C/G
  • College: Fayetteville State University
  • Twitter: @greg_brooks70

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

Fayetteville State is a small school but it has a nice campus, it was definitely more than I was expecting before I visited. Other than football I was involved in the FSU Honors Club. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My teammates would say my best quality is my technique/ attention to detail. 

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

I see myself as a blue-collar worker. I show up every day and make sure I do what needs to be done for the team’s success. I tend to lead by example. I believe that I thrive the most in a zone scheme at either center or guard. 

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

Joshua Pryor from Bowie State 

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?

He technically is a former teammate because he finished up this past season, but hands down Stevie Green. It seems that he always found a way to make a play and come through for the team in big moments. 

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

Last summer I put myself behind the 8 ball in a statistics class. This was the first time I was ever worried about the possibility of needing to retake a class. However, I was able to push through the summer session and get the grade I needed to gain the course credit. 

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

Baseball, it was my first love. 

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

I’m proud of the fact that I’m able to do something that many others aren’t able to do, which is play sports on a collegiate level. Not only play the sport but thrive at it. So far, my biggest achievement would have to be graduating with my B.S. in Psychology. 

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

My Redshirt Freshman season and first year at Fayetteville State we played WSSU on the road to decide if we would play in the conference championship. We were up by one and Winston had a chance to ruin our chances. After a couple of penalties on the previous play, they attempted about a 35-yard field goal. The kicker ended up missing, and we made it to the conference championship game for the first time in 8 years. The energy on our side of the stadium was unforgettable. 

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

My favorite team is the Steelers. For guard play, I would often watch David DeCastro and Zach Martin. For Center play, I try to model my game after Jason Kelce. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?

Kevin Gates and in pregame, I like to listen to motivational speeches one of my favorite pregame songs is “In the Air Tonight”. 

What is your favorite comfort food?

Shrimp Alfredo

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?

I actually don’t have a favorite movie or actor, I just appreciate good movies and good acting. 

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

In my spare time I like to hang out with family and friends, I really just enjoy downtime. I’m also a battle rap fan so I watch those if I don’t have anything else to do. 

Who or what motivates you the most?

Other than my family, I’d have to say what motivates me the most is knowing that we all will leave behind a legacy. That legacy can be good or bad, it can help or hurt you just like it could help or hurt someone else, such as your children. I make sure I give my all so that the legacy and mark I leave behind, when I’m done with whatever I do in life, is a good one. 

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