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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Peter Kozushka, OL, University of Alberta

Peter Kozushka
The University of Alberta has a mamotth of man in offensive tackle Peter Kozushka. Peter recently took time to sit down with NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Peter Kozushka
  • Height: 6’7″
  • Weight: 320lbs
  • Position: OL
  • College: University of Alberta
  • Twitter: @pkoz60

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

• The best restaurant in my hometown is a steakhouse called Rawhides, it’s in a small town about an hour away from where I grew up. 

When breaking down your film what will stick out?

• My football IQ and my ability to get hands-on the defender will really stick out in my film.

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

• If I won the lotto, the first thing I would do is make sure that my family is taken care of.

What has been your biggest failure?

• My biggest failure happened in my first year at university. I was struggling to adapt to the changes from moving to a different province and the different structure of college and it took me a long time to reach out to get help to get my schooling back on track. I wish I would have reached out sooner. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My teammates say that my dedication to the team is my best quality, I was selected as the most dedicated player for the team this past season.

Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

• The hardest working teammate on my team is Carter O’Donnell, he just signed with the Indianapolis Colts and he deserves it!

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

• My nickname is Pete, my friends are not very creative.

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

• I am working towards my Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Finance, my dream job is to coach football at a professional or semi-professional level. I have been volunteer coaching for the past 9 years and I really enjoy giving back to the football community in that way! 

What is your coolest life moment?

• One of the coolest experiences I have had was representing Canada at the International Bowl in 2015.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

• Beer for My Horses by Toby Keith & Willie Nelson, I can really nail the chorus.

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

• Jon Bernthal, he brings a lot of passion to all of his roles.

Who is your favorite football team?

• Chicago Bears

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

• Warning: Don’t poke the bear.

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What is your biggest fear?

• My biggest fear is that I reach a point in life where I reflect and can’t say that I’ve done something meaningful with my life.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

• Cody Whitehair, he plays very well at the center position and doesn’t always get the recognition he warrants.

Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

• I like to get a good night’s sleep. I’ll have a bowl of spaghetti 4 hours before kickoff and be at the field 3 hours before. Once I’m at the stadium I’ll throw my headphones on and go on the field and do a light warm-up before we come out as a team. After the warm-up I review my goals that I have for that game.

Do you have any hobbies?

• I enjoy playing basketball and I play the guitar.

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

• Lane Johnson, he finishes blocks consistently and that is something that I try to incorporate into my game.

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

• The biggest influence on my life is my parents. They have supported me through everything that I have been through in my life and I’m very grateful for that.

What motivates you to work hard?

•  My motivation comes from my love of the game and not wanting to let my teammates down.

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