Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being career football players. So I hope you all read this interview about Prince and follow his journey on social media!
1.What should we know about Prince Charles Iworah the person?
- A grounded family man, who honors the true virtues of being a man. Which include honor, trust, courage, will, strength, patience, kindness, and vigor. On the field, I’m a passionate modern-day warrior who wants to get everyone around me better and myself better because that’s how you win championships.
2.How was your experience at the HUB?
- I had a phenomenal time. I want to thank Don Yee for creating such an innovative platform for free agents to perform in front of scouts. I’m also grateful for Mike Williams and Tom Goodhines for bringing me in and I also appreciate the great coaching from Coach Eugene Chung, Coach Tim Mctyer, and Coach Derrick Gardner all were great coaches who did a great job at the event. I was able to show my “Warrior” side on the field and also be able to meet great people there. I’m truly grateful for that opportunity.
3.What is your typical training routine?
- When you play defensive back you have to realize it’s an art, so with that being said everything I do, I do with mindfulness. Discipline is key if I’m not disciplined with my routine how can I be discipline with my eyes when I’m covering a wide receiver? The typical training routine for me is waking up early and heading to the weight room then I proceed to the football field and work through my drills and after fieldwork we will go back and watch film of games throughout the NFL week. I’ve been around guys like Chris Harris Jr, Brandon Carr, Aquib Talib, Neiko Thorpe, Bradley McDougald, Bradley Roby, AJ Bouye and etc. We all trained with Ronnie Baxter who is located in Dallas, Texas, and is one of the best trainers out there. So when you stay around guys like that for a long time you tend to pick up on new things to improve your game. Especially for a guy like me who came into the NFL very raw.
4. Which past or present NFL coach would you want to learn from the most and why?
- I would have to say Dick LeBeau not only because he played my position, but I would love to pick his brain and learn just how he views the position from a mental perspective as well as a whole defense. I feel my passion and drive would’ve matched his coaching style. And recently I just met the head coach at the HUB Eugene Chung who played 8 plus years in the NFL as well as coached. He was the third person of Asian descent to first play in the NFL…that’s where you ask yourself dang what type of mentality does that guy have and what could he teach me not only on the football field but just as a man? He has a championship mindset and coaches like that bring the absolute best out of me because I’m ready to go to war for guys like that. Guys who share that same passion and drive despite the odds.
5.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?
- Meeting and listening to guys that were pro bowlers. I also have to give big credit to Ronnie Braxton who really brought me in and helped my game evolve, as well as Joe West. A DB should never be too fast or too slow just always there.
6.How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?
- Every man should first have hope and faith whenever they encounter any type of challenge. If these two components are missing then you’ve already lost the battle. Secondly, a man should have a plan to overcome or win against this challenge, without a proper intellectual plan you will most likely fail and eventually lose hope. Lastly, but the most important component to have is WILL. The will of a man can take them to places they’ve never dreamed of especially if he is a part of a team, you can have hope and a plan but without willpower, you will most likely give up on yourself or your team because things are not going according to plan. Willpower alone with an educated plan backed up with faith and hope is a powerful formula.
7.What do you love about the game of football?
- To express my love for football would require an excessive amount of time, 15 pages worth of words expressing why I love the game. So I’ll just simplify my passion. ITS FUN! The game is simply just fun and you have to approach the game with that mindset. I’m here to have fun, but the game also evolves you as a man mentally, physically, and spiritually.
8.What is your favorite coverage and why?
- When it comes to defensive coverages I can play anything that will put my team in the best position to win football games. My personal preference is man coverage. It takes a certain mentality to be able to play that covers well and a certain skill set. I have both. I also love embracing the challenge that man to man brings, it’s absolutely thrilling and it helps the defense to bring more pressure to the QB if necessary. When you have a defender who can play man to man extremely well it gives your defense more flexibility. You have to be fearless in man coverage, you can’t be afraid to get beat deep and you can’t be afraid to lose. Just embrace the challenge and do everything in your power to help your team.