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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Massimo Biscardi, K, Mississippi State

Massimo Biscardi the transfer kicker from Coastal Carolina now at Mississippi State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Massimo Biscardi the transfer kicker from Coastal Carolina now at Mississippi State recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2023 NFL Draft?

I have a proven track record in my ability to be reliable in critical moments. I’ve been in many situations where I needed to give my team the winning advantage and that is what I bring to the table. 

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

14 years old. 

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

Given the opportunity to play football has taught me the importance of relationships. Having trust in relationships is extremely important when times get tough. Being able to rely on someone to have your back. That’s who I am as a player and a person, and what I can provide to the team I’m a part of. 

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

I would donate to mental illness research. Whether it’s dementia, Alzheimer’s, or depression/anxiety, I have family that suffers from this. It’s really hard to understand these diseases, so donating to more research is what I would do. 

What is the best advice you have ever received?

Success is not the future, it is now. Reward is the future for being successful now. If you are successful every day in what you do, you will be rewarded.

Who was your childhood hero?

The Lord is my childhood hero and still my hero to this day. My faith and relationship with God are part of my daily life and how I became the man I am today. 

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

Will Rogers! One of the best QB’s in 2022. 

What is your biggest pet peeve?

My biggest pet peeve is people who don’t pick up after themselves. 

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

My sophomore year at Coastal, the game against Kansas where I missed a few kicks.  The feeling that I had let my team as well as myself down was the worst. Leading up to this game, unprecedented events were occurring that directly impacted my performance. This moment was defining to me as I promised myself it would never happen again. My key takeaway from the experience is to always fall back on my routine.  After that game I came back and went on an 8 game/11 FG streak. I was able to overcome this because of the fight and mentality I have to keep striking. Most importantly I was able to provide the winning edge for my team and continue to get better as a player. 

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

Mississippi State started off being special to me for personal reasons by providing me the opportunity to showcase my ability under the largest platform in college football. Since being here, it has grown to where I now feel an overwhelming acceptance and pride in the culture of Starkville and bulldog nation.

What is your favorite snack food?

Anything with lean protein. I love a good chocolate peanut butter banana protein shake. 

What is the best part of football?

The best part of football is being part of a team culture that forms a special bond, to work hard the whole year in preparation for the season to win. GAMETIME! It teaches us life lessons, and how to handle pressure/adversity. 

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

Love says a lot about who I am, when you love something it means you are obsessed with it, spend all your energy in it, invest all of your time; that’s how I feel about football!

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

Matt Prater. We have a similar approach to kicking. 

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

Matt Stover, Brad Craddock, and my Grandfather (Nonno). Matt Stover and Brad Craddock have been my kicking coaches and mentors since day one. I look up to them for guidance and endless support/advice they share with me. My Nonno is part of who I am and why I wake up every day striving to be the best man and kicker I can be. 

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 [email protected]

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