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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jack Hinsperger, LB, University of Waterloo

Jack Hinsperger the hard hitting linebacker from the University of Waterloo recently sat down with Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot. (Courtesy of SurdoImages)

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft? 

I’m an aggressive linebacker that loves to fly around on the field. I’m good at reading an O-line and have the strength to make plays in the box. I also have the speed to play sideline to sideline and be effective in the pass game.I also believe I have the passion and mentality to take my game to the next level.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

6 years old

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

NFL teams should know that I pride myself on my work ethic. I’m a big believer that hard work pays off and I apply that to all aspects of my life.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

Mental health. Specifically, men’s mental health. I believe this is a topic that doesn’t get enough light and if I were to donate to one cause it would be towards helping men beat mental health. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to never be satisfied. In life it’s so easy to get comfortable and satisfied with where you are, but that feeling is always what prevents you from reaching your full potential. This advice has helped me push and better myself to reach new heights that I never used to even think about.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero was my grandpa. My grandpa was a very successful person who was born to nothing. He was the spitting image of what it means to work hard day in and day out to make something of yourself and to help your family. The dedication he had taught me a lot of the lessons I apply to football, education, and my personal life.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?

Michael Reid (Linebacker). Mike is the most dedicated football player I know. He knows the game of football inside and out. Despite busting his butt off every day, he doesn’t receive the recognition he deserves, yet he continues to work. I admire that about him a lot.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who chew with their mouth open. It just gets to me.

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?

I’d say the hardest thing I had to overcome was more just a series of negative events in my life. I had an injury which took me away from the sport I love, then I had someone very close to me pass away, and then I also had some other personal things occur. But through that I found that the hours you spend alone, when you’re grinding through these things, teaches you a lot about yourself. And I think that those experiences helped shape me to become better.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

Something special to me at the University of Waterloo is the athletic facility. I’ve spent countless hours in there with my teammates working and grinding, all pushing towards a common goal. Looking back at some of the times there are really great memories.

What is your favorite snack food?

Sandwiches (all kinds)

What is the best part of football?

The best part about football is flying around, making big plays in big games, and then celebrating with your teammates. The comradery is probably my favourite part.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence, what would you say?

I am a prideful, loyal, motivated, and hard-working person who loves the game of football.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL, who would it be?

I would compare my game to Luke Kuechly. I’d say the way he plays the game with intelligence and the way he has the ability to fly around can compare to my style of play.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

Michael Jordan, Ray Lewis, my grandfather, Frank Rovers. Michael Jordan because I would love to hear his journey from his point of view and learn how he maintained his motivation and competitive nature. Ray Lewis because he was always an idol of mine growing up. And my grandpa Frank because although I had a great relationship with him, he passed away before I was old enough to truly appreciate his greatness.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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