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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: RaeQwon Greer, DB, Alfred University

RaeQwon Greer is an All-American DB out of Alfred University who tallied 93 tackles in 2019. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams. (Photo Credit: Geena Levitt Photography)

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I am a Business major with a minor in Sports Management and Marketing. I also serve as a student ambassador who gives tours to incoming recruits as well as meet with the head officials at the university including the president. I’m also part of the Smiff Club which is in the school of business where we handle stock portfolio investments.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
They would say that I’m a hard hitter. I’m a hard worker, always watching film and trying to find a way of getting better.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I’ve been a leader on the football field. I was nominated as a team captain for the 2020/2021 season. I’m not a “scream in your face” kind of leader, I lead by example and try and do the right thing.

I’m a very versatile player. I see myself as a playmaker. I came into Alfred as a corner, and I’ve played almost everywhere including slot corner, in the box, a hybrid linebacker and even occasionally coming off the edge. I haven’t played much on special teams since high school, but I did take a few returns as a punt returner in 2019.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Joe Germinerio. I played against him for 2 years while he was at Brockport and then when he transferred to Ithaca in 2019. He was a very good competitor. He’s smart and knows how to command the offense. He was a Galiardi Trophy finalist in 2019 and currently plays in a European League.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Leo Panphile has impressed me the most. In my freshman year, he played an interior lineman, and despite his size was able to be a force on defense. He eventually moved to the edge where he became even more dominant, leading the team in sacks in 2019. We really fed off his energy as he showed what it was like to be a leader and sacrifice his body for the team. He was a great captain and team motivator.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My sophomore year, I took a semester off and moved to Alaska. My mom is a travel nurse and was stationed there. I snowmobiled on the frozen ocean. You could practically see Russia from my house. I got a job as a substitute teacher teaching pre-K to 5th grade. That experience helped me come to 2 conclusions. One, I was not meant to be a teacher. And two, I needed to respect the culture of school and that its structure was necessary. It was a bit of a reality check. I had majored in Mechanical Engineering which really hadn’t worked out. I had to find my own path. Coming back to school, I realized that I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, set goals and work hard to achieve them. I have since changed my major to something that I enjoy, and I have excelled at.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Baseball. In high school, I played baseball, basketball and ran track. Our high school had a great baseball player, Dan Dallas, who had a cannon and got drafted by the San Diego Padres.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I had several accolades in 2019 being Team MVP, All-American, the ECAC Defensive player of the Year, First Team All-Conference and was a Cliff Harris Award Finalist. Of all of my achievements, I’m most proud of being named team MVP and also team captain for the 2020/2021 season. I’m humbled to have obtained the respect of my teammates and coaches.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
Two moments that come to mind are my 102 yard INT return for 2 points (on a conversion try) as a freshman and my first career sack at Brockport in 2019.

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. My favorite player of all time is Troy Polamalu. I like to model my game after his and Kam Chancellor. They were just fast, aggressive and always around the ball.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Lil Wayne is one of my favorites. Before a game, I have to listen to “Many Men” by 50 Cent.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Gabriel’s Gate is a great place in Buffalo, NY. They have the best chicken alfredo.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite TV is The Office. One of my favorite movies is Captain America: Civil War. I like the Marvel movies.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
Some of my hobbies are fishing, kayaking and hiking. I just recently got a new puppy named Hercules. I like being outdoors with him.

Who or what motivates you the most?
My Family and teammates. I don’t like losing. I don’t want to let my brothers down. So, we’re gonna fight together until the very end.

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