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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Adam Bay, LS, University of Wisconsin

Wisconsin long snapper Adam Bay is one of the most underrated prospects in the entire NFL Draft. He recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of Draft Diamonds..
  • Name: Adam Bay
  • Positions: LS
  • College: Wisconsin
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 240 lbs
  • Twitter: @LongSnapper51
  1. If you hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

If I had the option to hang out with any football player past or present, I would have to say Pat Tillman. Growing up in Arizona he became a local hero overnight and quickly became someone I looked to as a role model and even wore his Arizona State number (42) all through youth ball and high school.

2. What is your favorite workout?

My favorite workout has to be an old-school heavy weightlifting session with loud music.

3. What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

I believe that there are my things that can determine a successful football player, however I believe that having the mental strength to overcome obstacles and to stay disciplined is the biggest key. 

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

I hope to be someone who my coaches and teammates can trust in any situation whether that be a PAT, a backed-up punt, or a game winning field goal; basically, staying anonymous through consistent quality of play.

5. What has been your biggest challenge in life?

I have been blessed to say that life for me has never truly been a challenge in any means compared to what you see in the world. However, I would say stepping away from home and family after 18 years and pursuing my goals at Wisconsin was the hardest thing I’ve had to do on my own.

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

There’s something about the grind and the push of seeing how far a simple sport that I came to know and love can take me and how much it can better me as a person.

7. What did you like the most about playing football for Wisconsin?

Gosh, this question is hard to answer. I would have to say that the best part about playing at Wisconsin is the opportunities and level of play that I was able to experience. Whether that would be the stadiums and teams we would play at, to the level of competition of opponents, to the opportunities to play games like the Rose and Orange Bowl. 

8. What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

The type of energy I bring to the field is someone whose there to not only perform my job to the best of my capabilities, but to be the teammate that’s there uplifting and helping other teammates; I pride myself on being a great locker room guy. 

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

Focus, footwork, and detail in my opinion in the world of a Long Snapper all circle back to each other and intertwine to give you a complete outcome. Without the focus on small details like knowing to open up with the right foot to start the blocking motion can throw off everything like your footwork, it’s hard for me to rank any of those three in any order.

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

A team would be getting someone who comes in everyday and commits basically their life to this craft. This sport to me isn’t just a job, but something I love. I am passionate about what I do and if I get an opportunity with a team, that would be obvious. My attention to detail would be second to none.  But most importantly, someone who will connect with individuals, be a part of the organization, teammates, and coaches, and I would look to connect and be an active part of the community around me.

11. What do you think sets you apart from other long snappers?

What I believe that separates me from other long snappers is my versatility. Besides the fact of being an accurate snapper and consistent with laces on short snaps, I have shown that I can play and block at a high level in a pro-style punt system. I am very blessed that Wisconsin utilized this style of punt during all 48 consecutive games I played in. Along with that, the level Of competition in the B1G and guys I have had lined up against like Chase Young, Ben Mason, Nick Bosa and other opponents have also prepared me for this opportunity. Another aspect of my game that I pride myself on is my athleticism down field in the cover game as I have collected tackles releasing later than most other spread-style snappers and have a fumble recovery on my resume. Overall, I feel like a well-rounded snapper along with being a great teammate. 

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

My favorite moments from my football life spread far and wide, whether that would be being a part of an overtime winning field goal on senior night against our rival Minnesota, to having the opportunity to play in games I grew up dreaming about, to the journey of football bringing me to where I am today and connecting me with life-long friends and teammates that consider my brothers for life.

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