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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Justin McIntire, LB, Charleston Southern University

Justin McIntire
Justin McIntire the play making linebacker from Charleston Southern University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen
  • Name: Justin McIntire
  • Position: LB
  • College: Charleston Southern University 
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 210 lbs
  • Twitter: @Ju5tinMc

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

  • Roy G Walton Stadium. Played in a youth football championship there. Played all my middle school home games there, played a little high school ball there too. Made a lot of plays and put in a lot of work on that field.

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

  •  I would hangout with Jamal Adams, he is smart, athletic, and makes big plays on every level of the defense. I feel like he’d have a lot of valuable information I can learn.

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

  • My mindset is to do my job, play fast and violent, and make plays to get us off the field. 

4.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

  • My biggest challenge was having a setback in high school then going the JUCO route. Being in a SOCAL JUCO there’s a lot of stuff you have to go through outside of football and it’s hard to understand if you haven’t been thru it yourself but to make it out to a 4 year is a reward itself. 

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5.What is your favorite workout?

  •  Whatever workout our coach  Brandon Gilbert has for us. It’s always intense and pushes us to a different mentality that makes you a man. We definitely have a good time with it as well.

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

  • All the road trips, position meetings, and just casual time with teammates. That’s where many of the best memories are made. -Having the opportunity to come to CSU after JUCO.  -My first game at East Jessamine HS. It was a new school for me I didn’t know what to expect, but the coaches and teachers love the players and help them out a lot so winning the first game I played there felt really good and was a start to a long run of success there. 

7. Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?

  • 1. Focus- you should be focused at all times because if you miss something it could cost your team the game. 2. Skill- Being able to make plays consistently is what separates great players from average players. 3. Footwork- This is still important but it is very small and meticulous but can help everyone tighten up deficiencies and play faster.

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

  • Growing up I loved basketball but then once I got to high school and introduced to weightlifting, game planning and schemes it changed my heart because I like everything that goes into being a good player and building a good team. 

9.How has your experience as a Charleston Southern University Buccaneers football player been?

  • It’s been great. I love the brotherhood and the family atmosphere here, I love how we are unapologetically Christian and being in a great city like Charleston you get to enjoy your college experience.

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

  • A guy that works hard and loves every aspect of the game from technique to the film room and weight room. I don’t take shortcuts.

11.If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?

  • “Fun at Work”. I do a lot of stuff that people would consider “work” or just things to do but I always have fun with it whether it’s school work, workouts, watching film, etc. I just enjoy what I do.

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

  •  I just want to win a Super Bowl.

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