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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Gabriel Ballinas y Pérez, K, Albany State

OmGabriel Ballinas y Pérez the clutch kicker from Albany State University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owned Damond Talbot
  • Name: Gabriel Ballinas y Pérez
  • Position: Kicker / Punter
  • College: Albany State University
  • Height: 5’10’’
  • Weight: 214 Lbs
  • Twitter: @gaboballinas
  • Instagram: gaboballinas

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

The power of my leg and my consistency resulting in awards all through my college career, such as All Conference 1st team Kicker / Punter (Appointed last three years), HBCU All American and HBCU Special Teams Player of the Years, among others.

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

10 years. I started playing football in Monterrey, Mexico

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

That I came from Mexico to play football to United States on a College Football Scholarship. I came with one goal in mind, and it is to play football at the highest level and after a successful college football career I am ready for the NFL

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

School scholarships. That´s where I found the door to my dreams 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Never stop trying, just be congruent, be consistent and be constant

Who was your childhood hero?

My Dad

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

We have a very solid locker room. The coaches work to motivate and strengthen the team spirit is fantastic and they know how to take advantage of anyone’s skills 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Lack of honesty and lack of team spirit

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

Leaving a country, a family and friends to arrive to a country to start over from zero to find new friends, learn a culture and look for opportunities

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

Albany Sate is a Black College (HBCU) and it is full of history and culture. Alumni ceres in a very special way for their alma mater  

What is your favorite snack food?


What is the best part of football?

The brotherhood. To me it is amazing how your team mates become your brothers for life 

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

For flipping the field and adding points to the score trust me. To win games on Sundays you need an athlete like me on the field, I can score for six too.  

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

I cannot compare myself to any professional at this point, but somebody that I look up to is Justin Tucker

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

There are no other two people in my but my grandfather. I would give anything for that to happen

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