Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview and follow DeAnthony’s journey on Twitter @muse_musey
1.If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?
If my life was a TV show, I would call it trials and tribulations. I would call it that because I have overcome a lot of adversity in my life. While some look to avoid adversity I prefer to face it head-on because I believe adversity builds character and makes you a better person on and off the field.
2.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?
I enjoyed playing in the Fargo Dome, they had a great atmosphere and fan base.
3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?
My mindset on the field is that every snap I get to take is a blessing and could easily be my last. With that being said I try to enjoy every moment, whether it’s conditioning or an important play that could be the turning point in a game.
4.What do you hope to achieve as a football player going forward?
Moving forward, I hope to inspire others to never give up on their dream. I also hope to get a shot and find a role on a team. Not only that, but I also hope to contribute and be the reason why a team gets better despite whatever role I find myself in.
5.What has been your biggest challenge in life?
Every day of my life is a challenge and I have the choice to run from it or face it head-on and overcome whatever is thrown my way. I prefer the latter.
6.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
Aaron Donald. He is arguably one of the best defensive linemen to play the game, despite being undersized. I would spend the day taking notes on how he prepares both mentally and physically. It would also be cool to get a workout in with him.
7.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
Strictly positive. I strive to motivate my teammates and celebrate their success. I am also humble enough to pay dues when an opposing player makes a good play.
8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I originally started playing football to make it out and get a better life. However, throughout the process, I fell in love with the game and valued the lifelong lessons I learned from being a football player.
9.What is your favorite workout?
10×10 squats + stadiums. This workout is both mentally and physically challenging and will make the weak-minded fold.
10.What would a team get in a player like you?
A team would get a player that isn’t afraid to look adversity or any challenge in the face and conquer it. I also lead by example and can be a vocal leader as well. Lastly, I can motivate those around me and push them to become the best version of themselves, whether that is in the weight room, on the field, or in life.
11.What are your favorite moments from your football life?
My most favorite moment in my football life is the 2015 season at the University of Richmond. We faced a lot of adversity before the season and throughout, but managed to win the conference and make it to the semifinals.
12.Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?
Focus, footwork, skill. I say this because without focus you will not succeed at anything. Footwork would be number 2 because football is a game of inches, therefore one wrong step could be the difference between winning and losing. I ranked skill last because a talented player with focus and proper footwork can also be outworked and beat by a well-coached player that keeps their eye on the prize.