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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Dishon McNary, DB, Central Michigan University

Dishon McNary the play making defensive back from Central Michigan University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Dishon McNary
  • Position: DB
  • College: Central Michigan University 
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 195 lbs
  • Twitter: @global_shon
  • Instagram: @realshowtime_25

1.What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

The thing that I feel sets me apart from other DBs my field is my savviness being able to pay attention to the small details that will allow me to be a step ahead at all times and at corner being a step ahead will always be a positive thing considering how hard a job it is already. 

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

I have a few favorite moments. Just my whole JUCO experience being able to be apart of LAST CHANCE U, I would say that’s in my top 5. Also playing in my first bowl game that whole experience was one to remember, my last one has been this year just playing those P5 schools to open the season, those were fun moments taught me a lot about myself. I had fun out there with my brothers. 

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

I bring that competitive spirit, my goal is to bring the best out in the people around, like an irons sharpens iron type of deal. Also I bring a lot of wisdom from being around the players I have been around and the coaches. I like to compare my self to Marcus Peters because I picture him as a menace on the field like the ” bad guy” but you know when you line up against him he’s gonna talk trash but at the same time he’s gonna bring it to you every snap. 

4.What should we know about Dishon McNary the person?

Something people should know about me is that I’m relentless and ambitious, no matter what lies in front of me I’m ready to take it on. And also let my peers tell me I’m very confident in who I am. That ties back into what I’ve been through in life, made me strong and prepared me for my blessings. 

5.What are your favorite things about playing football for Central Michigan?

My favorite things about playing here are how close nit we are here it’s all about family and I know that’s cliche but you had to see it to believe it, the fan base is as strong as anywhere else they believe in us and support us even when the world didn’t. This is a place I really call home and I don’t use that term lightly I appreciate what they have done for me these last 3 years. 

6.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

From the past I would most definitely say Deion Sanders because just his energy and amount of things he knows about the game. But present would definitely have to be Lamar Jackson, he’s one of my favorite players today just watching him seeing what he’s does on the field I know he’s a cool guy off the field too.

7.What do you love about the game of football?

More so I respect the game more than anything, I got respect for what it’s taught me and what it has opened up for me. Football saved my life for the greater good and I always thought I could just run the field and make plays but it’s more to it than that, once I was able to learn that I gained so much respect for the game and what comes with it. 

8.What is your typical training routine?

For me I like to get in and get out not waste a lot of time.  But on an ordinary day I always start with the hot tub to loosen up and get my body warm and ready for the day. Then after I start my abs just because I hate finishing with abs when I m done like to be done but then after that I’m just right into the workout if it’s leg day I always start with my quads because that’s where I want most of my strength to be. But I get in and get out but I make sure the day is productive.

9.How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I take all challenges head on, I always try to embrace the challenge because it’s always a lesson in every challenge. Once I made that my thought process it was always easier to go through because I knew what could come from this so I just kept the main thing the main and let God handle the rest. 

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

They would be getting a relentless player and a leader on and off the field, they would be getting a corner that can shutdown one side of the field and that’s only because I can’t play both sides at once but also just a great guy with a competitive spirit.

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

I don’t know honestly because I was in love with basketball my whole life up until high school just seeing the guys hit and some guys scoring touchdowns that made me want to check out football ever since then I wanted be attached to the game. 

12.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

I’m sure the moment was during the LSU game this year, really humbled me but at the same time it gave me just what I needed to take my game to the next level. During that game I realize a lot about me as a player. And I know from that point on my game has changed from on the field to the film room. 

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