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2022 NFL Prospect Interview: Abdullaah Yaseen, DB, Lake Erie College

Abdullaah Yaseen the shutdown defensive back from Lake Erie College recenlty sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.

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?
My experience as a student athlete was amazing coming from a junior at Phoenix College and then transferring to Lake Erie College. It has been a great journey. I’m all about creating opportunities for me and my family so I felt like business administration was my calling, and it definitely helped me in scaling my business. I have multiple businesses with my brand Flexletic ™️. I customize workout and meal plans with my app and design programs to help people reach their fitness goals. With my brand, I also sell a few products on Amazon. I sell the Tib bar, resistance bands and soon coming out with selling gym water bottles. Lastly, with my brand I’ll be starting a clothing line selling gym and football apparel.

On campus I’ve participated in campus clean up and recently helped a friend create a film for a film festival that we had on campus.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My teammates would say my best qualities are being humble and hardworking.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skillset?
The role that I see myself on a team would be as a leader who leads by example. I’ve been the starting corner for 3 years at Lake Erie College and also play special teams on kick-off and punt. I’m a lockdown corner. Man coverage is my specialty, and I play it at a high level.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
The best player I played against was JaQuan Hardy who signed with the Dallas Cowboys.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
I would say Josh Hufstetler. His mindset and attention to detail is something unique, and he brings it every Saturday.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
Everyday you have to overcome struggles. In pursuit of your goals, the hardest part is consistency, and that’s what I strive for everyday. Juco really taught me a lot about grit. In those days, everyday was a struggle. To get to practice, I would have to ride my bike 45 min to get to school and back. Sometimes I would get rides, but it was on me to get there and perform. 

As a college athlete, not playing at a big school can financially be a struggle, and my biggest struggle was when I had to overcome just eating one meal a day until I could find a job and support myself. I’ve worked many jobs during my college career, and during that experience it taught me to want to create wealth for myself and about investing and how to save so I wouldn’t go through having to eat one meal a day ever again.

Every experience in my life has shaped me to the person that I am and I wouldn’t do it over. It is my life, and I’m going to live it to the fullest. My goal is to play in the NFL and perform at a high level so I can show the youth that anything is possible.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
I would run track or play soccer. I’ve practiced with our track team at Lake Erie just to maintain my speed.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
Being named captain on my team and being named all conference.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
Getting my first interception was big for me.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Lil baby is my favorite artist and who I listen to before games. I get pumped from just playing for my brothers.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Wings

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite TV show is Power.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I spend my spare time working on my business. I have multiple businesses with my brand Flexletic ™️. I customize workout and meal plans with my app and design programs to help people reach their fitness goals. With my brand as well I also sell a few products on Amazon. I sell the Tib bar, resistance bands and soon coming out with selling gym water bottles. Lastly with my brand I’ll be starting a clothing line selling gym and football apparel.

In my spare time I watch some tv shows and my secret talent is that I can juggle.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I would say my main reason is to show the younger guys that are coming up below me that anything is possible, and not situation is bigger than your desire for success.

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