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2022 NFL Prospect Interview: Tyler Lovelace, LB, Missouri State

Tyler Lovelace the hard-hitting linebacker from Missouri State recently sat down with Jimmy Williams of NFL Draft Diamonds
  • Name: Tyler Lovelace
  • Position: LB/DB
  • College: Missouri State University 
  • Height: 6’1
  • Weight: 218
  • Twitter: Tyler_Lovelace_
  • Instagram: T_Lovelace_

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft?
I am a versatile player that can play multiple positions including DB and LB. I believe my knowledge of football from film study has increased the level I play at.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
I started football the very first year you could play flag football which was age 4 in the state I lived in.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
I was a preferred walk-on coming into college and earned my scholarship and was a heavy contributor to my team over 6 straight seasons. so I believe I know what it takes to grind and get what you want out of football.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?
I would donate to a cause that helps homeless people find shelter because I believe everyone deserves the necessities of life.

What is the best advice you have ever received?
In life you deal with adversity, but it is how you overcome it that shows your real character.

Who was your childhood hero?
My childhood hero would have to be my Dad. Seeing how hard he works to provide for our family shows true integrity and grit.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?
The most underrated teammates in my locker room I would say are the guys who can always make you laugh but also know when it is time to work.

What is your biggest pet peeve?
The biggest pet peeve is laziness.

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?
The hardest moment I had to overcome was probably having a child at 18 and also having hip surgery and not knowing if I was going to be able to play ever again but, then I came back and had the best season in my career.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?
My school is very culturally diverse and it is special to me because it represents the hard work and adversity I went through growing up there turning myself into the person I am today.

What is your favorite snack food?
Candy

What is the best part of football?
The best part of football would have to be the offseason grind where you can make enormous leaps as a player for the coming up season.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?
I am a hardworking, dedicated, demanding and knowledgeable football player that knows mental toughness. 

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?
I believe one player that has a similar game to mine would have to be Kam Chancellor.

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?
– Tom Brady – greatest football player to do it and knowledge of the game is high.
– Elon Musk – due to him being a mind that is forward-thinking and is always thinking of the future. 
– Martin Luther King Jr. – I would like to have dinner with MLK due to him being a great leader of people and standing up for what he believes is right and never folding from that. 

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