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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brian O’Neill, LB, Penn

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Brian O’Neill is one of the fiercest linebackers in the IVY League. The star Penn LB recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Brian O’Neill
  • Height: 6 feet, 2 inches 
  • Weight: 235 pounds 
  • Position: ILB
  • College: Upenn
  • Twitter: @BrianONeill34

What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?

Pancake House.

When breaking down your film what will stick out?

Ability to destroy blocks and make plays in the backfield.

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

Save and invest and then of course take care of my parents.

What has been your biggest failure?

Freshman year of college.  Combination of academics and football really hit me hard. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

My attitude and energy always being positive and my attention to detail.Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?

Myself definitely.  

Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?

Never had a nickname.

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

My degree is in Politics, Philosophy and Economics with a minor in Consumer Psychology. I want to stay involved in the sports business either in the front office or safety and or training aspects.

What is your coolest life moment?

Skydiving was definitely the most insane experience of my life.

What song would you sing at Karaoke night?

Sweet Child O’ Mine.

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

The Rock.

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Who is your favorite football team?

NY Giants.

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

High Energy.

What is your biggest fear?

Not living up to my potential and not reaching the goals I have set for myself.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

Lavonte David.  His numbers are crazy and does not nearly get enough praise for his play.

Take us through game day, How do you prepare?

I start my day off with a coffee and stretching before meetings.  I’m usually listening to music throughout the day as I go through offensive personal in my head and visualize myself making plays.

Do you have any hobbies?

I really enjoy fitness and music as well as the outdoors. 

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

Blake Martinez and Roquan Smith.  Both are always around the ball making plays.

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

My parents.  I want to make them proud for all the sacrifices they have done for me and my family.  

What motivates you to work hard?

I hold myself to a very high standard.  If you’re good at something why not be the best at it?  That’s my mindset.  I also work hard for my teammates so that I’m giving it my all and at the end of the day I know I put everything I had into it.

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