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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tony Adams, DB, University of Illinois

Tony Adams the playmaking defensive back from the University of Illinois recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
Tony Adams the playmaking defensive back from the University of Illinois recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Tony Adams
  • Position: DB
  • College: University of Illinois
  • Height: 6’0″
  • Weight: 200 lbs
  • Twitter: @Iwill_suceed20
  • Instagram: @ta06_

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

I was in little league but then I quit and then in high school just something about competing in football and getting a ball in your hand and getting an interception.

What should we know about Tony Adams the person?

He’s just a student of life and everything he does in life he wants to learn and be the best version of himself in life.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Probably homecoming 2019 against Wisconsin because they were number 5 or 6 and winning that game, it was lit and that was just a great moment I’ll remember for the rest of my life.

What is your favorite coverage and why?

Maybe playing safety and playing a cover 4 robber but it doesn’t really matter what coverage I’m in. Because I played every position in the defensive backfield and every coverage.

What sets you apart from other defensive backs?

My versatility and my ability to adapt.

What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

Being tough, smart and dependable. First you have to be tough mentally and physically, then you have to be smart and you have to be dependable.

How are you planning to prepare for the draft?

I’m going down to X3 in Fort Myers and doing my combine prep.

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

High energy, having fun but staying focused.

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

I get through them. Running around a challenge won’t get you anywhere so you have to embrace them to win.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They would get a student of the game while getting a swiss army knife who can play anywhere and do whatever it takes for the team to win.

What do you love about the game of football?

I love the challenge it brings and an opportunity to grow. I believe that football is a stepping stone for life.

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

Charles Woodson, I believe he was the best versatile defensive back the game has ever seen and he played in the game a long time. So just trying to pick his brain.

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