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2025 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Mario Anderson Jr., RB, Newberry College

Mario Anderson Jr. the young running back from Newberry College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Mario Anderson, Jr
  • Position: Running Back
  • College: Newberry College
  • Height: 5’8
  • Weight: 205
  • Twitter: @mario_anderson2
  • Instagram: @marioandersonjr

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

My current goal is to enter the NFL draft in 2025. What deems me as a top prospect is my relentless effort to improve year after year, I believe I would be accepted to any team or organization that takes a chance on me.

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

I was interested in the sport football and started playing at the age of 5 playing in the Peewee team where the age requirement was the age of 6.

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

One thing NFL teams should know about me is that I am enthusiastic and self-driven about any and everything I do. Football and leadership is my passion and I would do anything legally to achieve my goals.

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

If I could donate to any cause in the world it would be world hunger, it bothers me that there are people in the world that doesn’t receive proper nutrients to help themselves.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I have ever received is to stay patient and poised and to always keep god first.

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero is my eldest brother Davon Anderson, who was an All-American in two sports ( Football and Track )

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

The most underrated teammate in the locker room at my school is Andre Banks

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is not being able to take advantage of opportunities when life gives such a small window

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

The hardest moment of my life that I had to overcome was crossing the burning sandz of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. through those experiences of being tested mentally gave me the courage and endurance to help me to be a leader on and off the field

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

Newberry College is similar to my character the people of the school are dedicated and loyal just like I am with my craft and my love for Newberry with the coaches made me a better person, helps me grow as an individual, brother, and teammate. That’s what makes it so special.

What is your favorite snack food? 

My favorite snack food is M&M’s candy 

What is the best part of football? 

The best part about football is that it’s not one person who defines the team, only one person has the ball in their hands at a time but it takes a team, unconditional love and support for one another to become successful, and being able to beat the odds with your brothers every week.

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

Day in day out whenever you need something I will be the person to get it done.

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

If I could compare myself to one person in the NFL it would be Adrian Peterson

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

I would have dinner with my granny, my mother, and my nana, the three most influential women in my life, and I wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for their sacrifice and hard work each and every day.

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at nfldraftdiamonds@gmail.com

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