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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Christopher Ciguineau, DB, University of Ottawa

Christopher Ciguineau the gritty defensive back from the University of Ottawa recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.

Name: Christopher Ciguineau
Position: Defensive back
College: University of Ottawa
Height: 6’3 (1,90 m)
Weight: 195 lbs
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What makes you a top prospect at your position  in the 2022 NFL Draft?  

There is no other defensive back with my physique (size and height) that has my agility. I started my career as a receiver, which allows me today, as a defensive back, to anticipate more easily the play that is going on in the offense.

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

19 years old. The first time I watched a football game was in Cegep and we were facing our rivals. I loved the intensity of the game and I thought to myself that I had the physical capacity to be on that field. That is when I decided to try out for the team.

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

I never stop trying to make myself better.

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

To rebuild my home country, Haiti.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

“If you want it, you can have it.” best said in french as “Si tuveux, tu peux.”

Who was your childhood hero? 

Ronaldinho

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

Maxime Malenfant. During our last season, he wasn’t a starter, but I knew that if he had the opportunity to be a starter, he would destroy everything on the field. No defense can beat him on man to man. He has quick feet, can be very physical and always gives his 110 % at training sessions.

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

Waiting in the cold.

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

Depression. Keeping up with my daily sacrifices (school, exams, football, meetings etc.) whilst trying to take care of my mental health was very demanding and difficult for me to push through.

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

A fun fact about University of Ottawa is there is a lot of international students which allowed me to make great connections with people from across the world. It is special to me because that is where I learnt most of my life lessons and went from being a kid to a man.

What is your favorite snack food? 

Oatmeal cookies.

What is the best part of football? 

Friendship.

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

“You either pick me or lose against me.”

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

Richard Sherman or Stephon Gilmore.

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

My maternal grandmother: I never had the opportunity to meet her before she died.• Steve Smith Senior: his mentality and mindset resemble the one I adopt when I train for my sport or when I approach a game. Our personalities are similar in the sense that I don’t care who I’m facing in a game, the only thing that matters is that I come out a winner.• Chad OchoCinco: specifically, because of his humor. I know I will laugh if I sit down with him.

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