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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Maurice Brewer, DE, Defiance College

Maurice Brewer the standout defensive end from Defiance College recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Maurice Brewer
  • Position: Defensive End/ Outside Linebacker 
  • College: Defiance College
  • Height: 6’5 ½”
  • Weight: 275
  • Twitter: @Maurice901
  • Instagram: @_pursue_greatness901

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

I believe that my strength, speed, and ability to adapt make me the best in my position. My strength and speed allow me to outperform my opponents, while my ability to adapt helps me prepare for any scenario on the field.  I also like to think I have a high football IQ that helps me understand all parts of this sport, allowing me to play multiple positions such as defensive end, outside linebacker and tight end.

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

My first memory of the sport was when I was six years old and I was watching the Buccaneers play the Raiders in the 2003 Superbowl. At that moment I realized I had a love for the sport and wanted to use whatever abilities I had to pursue this newfound passion. At this age, I wasn’t aware of my talent and skills, but as I became older I found that I had the potential to be great if I stayed determined and focused on my dreams.

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

I would want the NFL teams to know that I am a coachable, determined player that will hustle through every drill and play in order to succeed. I am willing to fill whatever role is needed to help my team accomplish their goals. Although I take my football career very seriously, I want it to be known that I take my relationships with my teammates, both on and off the field, very seriously. Having a strong bond within a team is something I strive to achieve.

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

If I had the funds to donate to any cause in the world, I would want to help feed and support both the homeless and battered families in need of assistance. This cause is important to me because I witnessed my mother being abused during my childhood. Despite these difficulties, she still did everything she could to support me and my sibling. I am now determined to try and help others in this same situation so that no one will have to go through what my family went through.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is, “To take a breath, calm down, and focus on the things I can control.” I received this advice from three very important ladies that have helped me through my time at Defiance College; Jennifer Walton, Mercedes Clay, and Sidney Faine.  All three of these ladies work in residence life and oversee me in my current position as a Resident Assistant. They have helped me through both personal and professional situations while also holding me accountable and responsible for my actions; whether I like it or not.

Who was your childhood hero?

My childhood hero was and still is my mother. Seeing her struggle to raise two children in a low-income neighborhood opened my eyes to how much she loved and cared about me and my brother. The dedication that she showed to my family sparked a desire in me to be better and excel in everything I do in order to take care of my mother in return.

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

The most underrated teammate of mine at Defiance College is Amin Shaheed. Amin is our first-string, Wide Receiver, and does an amazing job both on and off the field. On the field, he is precise with his routes and carries a heavy percentage of our offensive load. He is always willing to run our scout team plays in order to help our defense succeed in upcoming games. Off the field, Amin is a great leader and friend that always encourages and supports others.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

Lying is one of my biggest pet peeves. In my opinion, lying shows a lack of courage and poor character. I believe that if you really value someone, you should be honest with them and tell them the truth from the get-go.

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

The hardest moment in my life was when I had to leave my family, specifically my mom, in order to go to college and become successful enough to support her in the way she supported me. Although going to college is a great honor to many people, it was hard for me to leave my family behind and move to a completely different state, especially one with so much snow. Although I adjusted to the weather, it took me some time to adjust to being away from my family. Now, I have realized that my opportunities at Defiance College have allowed me to possibly reach my goals.

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

Although Defiance College is a very small, private institution, it has allowed me the opportunity to meet new people, gain a quality education, and play the sport I love. Due to its small size, I am able to develop close-knit relationships with those who support me the most.

What is your favorite snack food?

Does a whole rack of ribs count? If not, I would say my favorite snack is triple fudge brownies. Specifically, when they’re fresh out of the oven.

What is the best part of football?

The best part of football, in my opinion, is playing with a group of men who have the same drive and desire as me to leave it all on the field. Not only do you form relationships this way, but you also get the opportunity to learn from them and create memories.

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

I like to encourage and pick up my teammates when they are down and I also like to achieve my goals, whether that means starting or coming off the bench to help my team succeed. 

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

If I could compare the way I play to one player in the NFL, I would pick Micah Parsons, one of the Dallas Cowboys’ linebackers. I chose Parsons because his talents, determination, and football IQ are very similar to how I view myself. I also admire his will to win and strive to have that same fire within myself.

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

The three people I would choose are Emmitt Smith, Sean Taylor and Kobe Bryant. I chose Emmitt Smith because I would like to understand his viewpoints on the game and how he exploited other teams’ weaknesses. I also would want to ask him about what drives him to be one of the best runners that football has ever seen. I chose Sean Taylor because, although he had a short-lived career, he was arguably one of the best all-around safeties. He could cover, he could hit, and he always pushed to put his team in winnable games. He changed the game on his skills and mindset alone. Lastly, although Kobe Bryant was an NBA player, I looked up to him in more ways than one. His determination and work ethic were both things to be reckoned with. Along with this, Kobe showed immense love and dedication to his wife and daughters off the court. This is something I admired within him and would love to discuss over a rack of ribs. 

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