- Name: Monte Seabrook
- Height: 5’11”
- Weight: 186 lbs.
- Position: DB
- College: Livingstone College
- Instagram: m.seabrook_
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’ve had a bit of a football journey going from high school in Newberry, Florida out to Utah, then Southeastern Louisiana and eventually to Livingstone College. I will be graduating with a degree in Sociology.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
They would say that I’m very athletic. I’m very quick and a high jumper. I’m also a ball hawk.
What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I came into Utah as a safety and took a few reps at corner. The team got low and RBs and WRs with players going down to injuries. So, I played my first 2 years on special teams and on the offensive depth chart. At Livingstone, I played as a nickel. I like to be physical in press coverage as well as be aggressive and attack the run. I love playing special teams. I played gunner in college. Back in high school, I was also a return specialist.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
The best player I ever saw on the field was Marcus Mariota. Seeing him in person was amazing.
Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Walter Watkins plays safety at Livingstone. He is the established leader of our team’s defense and secondary. He really helped me along when I came in.
Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
Coming out of high school, I quickly realized that I wasn’t the best guy on the field anymore, and I also had to wait my turn as veterans had already established their role on the football team. After a couple seasons at Utah, I felt like I was putting in the work, but I wasn’t getting anywhere. So, I decided that it was time for me to transfer. I had a former teammate that was on the staff at Southeastern Louisiana. He helped bring me in as a transfer.
I thought that having a new change of scenery would really help my chances of playing on the field. However, during fall camp, I suffered an injury. I was running a corner route and when I got hit in the back, I came down on my ankle wrong. I had broken the small bone in my ankle.
Getting injured derailed my opportunity at Southeastern. I was going to go somewhere else, but I had to get my Associates Degree first to move on to another institution. For the next couple years, I spent my time in classes at Valencia College while also holding a full-time job at the local Nissan dealership.
I got one last shot at playing football because my cousin was a defensive coach at Livingstone. They didn’t have a need at WR or RB, so I ended up taking a position on defense in the secondary.
If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I played basketball and track in high school. I excelled in track breaking the school record in the hurdles. I first broke the 330m hurdles my junior year, then broke my own record as a senior running 39.9 seconds. That year, I also ran the 110m hurdles in 15.1 seconds.
What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud of sticking with it and never giving up on my dream of playing football. Being a student athlete is hard, and I’ve never quit.
Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
I was named the MVP of the Commemorative Classic which is the game that Livingstone has against Johnson C Smith. It commemorates the first two black colleges to play against each other. I’m glad that I was able to have an HBCU experience.
Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
One of my favorite players is O’Dell Beckham. The players that I follow the most are Marcus Williams, Devontae Booker and Tim Patrick. Seeing them make it to the league gives me hope that I can do the same.
Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
I grew up listening to Plies. Before games, I like listening to “Weatherman” by Kodak Black.
What is your favorite comfort food?
Cajun Chicken Pasta from Miller’s Ale House.
Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
Some of my favorite movies include John Q, The Wood, Antwan Fisher and Malcolm X. My favorite TV show is Martin Lawrence, and my favorite actor is Eddie Murphy.
What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time, I like to play Call of Duty. One of my talents is that I can do flips. I’m also a “Mr. Fix It” from cars to phones. I recently got my CDL permit, and I’m also a registered behavior technician which gives me the opportunity to work with children with special needs.
Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play because I love doing it. My grandfather is the person that motivates me the most. He’s an admirable family man and a hard worker. He set a good example for me when I was young, and he’s always been there for me.