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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Connor Andras, DE/DT/LS, Butler University

What is your name?

  • Connor Andras.

Where did you play College Football?

  • Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana

What position do you play?

  • DE/DT/LS.

What is your height/weight?

  • 6’2” 250lbs.

Did you play any other sports growing up? If so, what were they?

  • Baseball, wrestling, and track & field.

Who is the toughest player you have competed against in College?

  • Pono Keni, OL, University of San Diego.

Are you listening to music before a game? If so, what?

  • Future and Young Thug are my go to on game days.

Do you have any superstitions before a game? If so, what are they?

  • I just make sure that I am as loose as possible before the game and not uptight at all. Me and a few other teammates would always go out and play catch during pregame to get ourselves warmed up and mess around a little before each game. I also go to my locker and say a prayer before we start our walk to the field.

Who is your role model & why?

  • My mother and father because they are two of the hardest working individuals that I have ever met and never seem to complain one bit. They have supported me through everything I have done and given me everything I have ever wanted/needed and I owe them the world and cannot thank them enough.

While in College, what has been your favorite & least favorite class?

  • My favorite class would have to be Theories of Coaching because I loved the professor and enjoyed getting to talk with different coaches about how they manage their teams and how they got to where they are now. My least favorite class was Intro to Methods in Physical Education because we taught physical education to elementary school kids and preparing to teach them every day was a challenge.

Outside of Football, what has been your favorite experience while in College?

  • I had the opportunity to work with students with special needs a few different times while I was here in one of my classes and through an outreach program that the football team hosted. Having the opportunity to work with those kids and play different games with them and see their faces light up is something that I will remember forever.

Growing up, who was your favorite NFL Team & NFL player, & why?

  • Growing up my favorite team was the Chicago Bears and my favorite player was Ray Lewis. I am from near Chicago and my father is a die-hard bears fan so he kind of pulled me into that. Ray Lewis was the anchor of one of the best defenses to ever step on an NFL field and I just loved how he played with a high motor and intensity on every single snap.

If you could be in any movie of your choice, what would it be & what character would you play?

  • Step Brothers because it is by far my favorite comedy movie and I think being on set with Will Farrell and John C. Reilly would have crying until I laughed 24/7.

If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who are they?

  • My grandfather, Urban Meyer, Will Farrell

If you could meet any historical figure, who would you choose & why?

  • Jackie Robinson because he was a pioneer and someone who shifted the way we look at sports today. Being able to meet him, just sit down, and talk is something that I would cherish and really learn from.

Who is your favorite superhero & why?

  • Batman because he doesn’t necessarily have any powers, he is just a badass who protects the city of Gotham from the evils like the Joker and Bane.

What is your definition of hard work?

  • My definition of hard work is doing everything necessary to better yourself on a daily basis and keeping your head down and pushing through without complaining. I learned this from my father who has a blue-collar mentality and works 14-16 hours every day and doesn’t complain about it at all. Doing what he has to do every single day without question.

What is the most unexpected lesson you learned while in College?

  • To not take a day, practice, workout, snap, or anything for granted. Nothing in this life is guaranteed, especially in football because you could lose it all within seconds. Embrace the grind and the daily struggle so you can shine in the lime light.

What is something you wish you could go back & tell yourself as a High School Freshman?

  • Work hard and take every day as a blessing. You don’t know what life is going to throw at you and you just have to keep your chin up and stay true to the plan.

Why do you wear #56?

  • I wear #56 because of Lawrence Taylor. He was one of the greatest to rush the passer and I wanted to try to emulate part of his game while in college.

What is the best part of your hometown, Crown Point, IN?

  • The Square, which is where our courthouse is and it has a ton of different restaurants and stores around it. During the summer, there is a corn roast and the Taste where a lot of people come together, eat really good food, and enjoy live music.

Who do you choose, Jordan or LeBron?

  • Jordan, he’s the G.O.A.T.

Are you a PS4 or Xbox One guy? What games are you playing right now?

  • Xbox One and Madden ’18 and Call of Duty.

What has been your most memorable moment as a student-athlete?

  • The most memorable moment for me was senior day this past fall. Getting recognized and having my family on the field with me for my last football game at Butler was something special and a moment I’ll cherish forever.

Are you binge watching anything on Netflix or Hulu right now?

  • Sons of Anarchy and Empire.

If you had one free hour each day, how would you choose to use it?

  • Play marbles with my parents. We get really competitive when we play and it’s just a good way to spend time with them when I am home.

You majored in Middle/Secondary Education, what made you choose to pursue that subject?

  • I initially thought that I wanted to be a high school teacher but decided to switch the course and go towards strength and conditioning. Butler’s Middle/Secondary Education curriculum is somewhat of an umbrella curriculum and allows the students to choose between many different paths.

If you could sack one NFL QB, past or present, who would it be & why?

  • I think I would choose either Tom Brady or Bret Favre. They are two of the best QB’s to ever play and being able to sack them would be something special.

If you could give NFL scouts three words to describe the type of man they are getting in Connor Andras, what would they be?

  • Motivated, hungry, passionate.

 

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