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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tre Hendon, LB, Lindenwood University

Tre Hendon the standout linebacker from Lindenwood University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
Tre Hendon the standout linebacker from Lindenwood University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Tre Hendon
  • Position: LB
  • College: Lindenwood University
  • Height: 6’1″
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • Twitter: @1trehendon
  • Instagram: @1trehendon

What sets you apart from other linebackers?

What sets me apart is my versatility. I’ve been able to line up in bear front and pass rush tackles and set the edge. I’ve also lined up 14 yards off the ball and played deep middle of the field safety. Lining up in the box is pretty standard, but with my size, speed, and strength, I’m able to do a lot on the field.

If you could win 1 NFL player award which one and why?

Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Life is more than just football and making an impact in my community and other peoples lives has always been huge to me. Knowing that I have the ability to change lives for the better by properly utilizing my platform means a lot to me. You’re only on this earth for so long and leaving a lasting legacy is important to me.

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

I bring a high energy level that rubs off on my teammates. I think it’s more of a focused intensity that allows me to be in the moment, enjoy myself, and get my job done at a high level. If you don’t simply have fun playing the game then you won’t be successful.

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

My dad really got me into sports when I was about 5. Working out with him and starting to feel that love for the game early really kept me going. I always looked up to players like Brian Urlacher, Lance Briggs, Rodney Harrison, Brian Dawkins who all played the game at a high level and it motivated me to play the game the way I do.

What should we know about Tre Hendon the person?

I’m a hard working and meticulous person that loves to get the job done but have fun while doing it. I love the people I have around me and will go to war for those that I care about. I keep a tight-knit family but I’m also willing to do anything to help my family succeed and prosper.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

Winning a conference championship at Lindenwood and playing North Dakota State in the FargoDome and silencing the crowd of 20,000 with a big hit would probably be two of my most favorite moments in my football journey so far.

How are you planning to prepare for the draft?

I’m training in my hometown with Eric Crowhurst and 360 Speed and Performance. I’ve been training with them since I was 13 years old and they know my strengths and how to get the best out of my performance. They provide individual coaching that is second to none.

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

I would definitely pick Bo Jackson. Growing up, football and baseball were my things just like him and I aspired to be like him. His love for the game and how he used his strength, speed, and natural ability to make plays in both sports always amazed me. We both also share a love for the outdoors with fishing and hunting as well. Being able to hang out with him and pick his brain would be fun.

What areas of your game are you looking to improve the most?

I’m looking to improve my pre play recognition and eye discipline. Film study helped me out a lot with this already throughout the year to be able to diagnose what play is likely about to come with receiver splits, formations, and down and distance. Situational football is huge and continually improving on this will help to elevate my game. Trusting what you see and reading your keys keeps you making plays and consistently looking at the right thing will prove to be beneficial.

What would a team get in a player like you?

A team would get a consistent player that executes at a high level every play. Someone who brings enthusiasm and intensity to the game. A player who is selfless and a gamer and simply will do anything to win. A work ethic that is second to none and definitely someone who will earn their respect.

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

I pray about everything first. Before a game, in the morning, when I’m stressed. Talking to God about my problems always helps to solve them. I don’t worry about anything because I know my path is already made and I ask God to order my steps so his will may be done. He always gives me the strength to endure and this let’s me be not phased in the face of adversity. I always think, what can I change to improve the situation on and off the field. Having a problem-solving mentality instead of getting down on myself when a challenge arises always helps me to bounce back on the field and in life. This mindset has worked all my life and I will also utilize that at the next level.

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

Eye discipline, film study, and having no regard for your body. Film study will help you to get their tendencies down and puts you in the right place to make plays. Without eye discipline, you can’t read your keys properly and you’ll get lost in all the smoke and mirrors in the game today. Also not caring how your body feels is huge. Most people slow up before a big hit or flinch which can actually hurt you more. When you’re sore, or something is hurting and you’re constantly thinking about it, you’re going to play that way as well. When you just care about making the play, playing fast, and having fun, your body will do the rest and you’ll enjoy the outcome.

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