NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Izzy Sam, LB, Kennesaw State
What is your name?
What is your Height and Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Kennesaw State University
Where are you from?
Sugar Hill.. went to Lanier High School in Gwinnett County
Who is your role model, and why?
My dad cause he’s the hardest working man i know. Even when we were going through a lot, he would find a way to stay positive and keep the family going in the right direction
Who was your favorite teacher?
David Willingham in high school cause he was also my linebacker coach.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Played soccer until 7th grade, played a little bit of basketball, and did some swimming
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Roc Thomas… dynamic athlete with the speed to take it to the house if the defense wasn’t sound on their keys.
Who is the most underrated player on your team?
We’ve got a lot of underrated guys and that helped us play well every season. We had a chip on our shoulders every time we stepped on the field, we played like we had something to prove.
What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?
Probably something with Rick Ross in it.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Deion Jones because at 220 pounds he’s “undersized” for the NFL but he runs well, distinguishes plays fast, and makes the play when the opportunity comes.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Declining my offers after my senior season and debating if i wanted to play at the next level. I went to school for one semester as a regular student and absolutely hated it. I transferred to Kennesaw, tried out for the team, and eventually earned a scholarship. I overcame that moment through constant prayer and the help of family and friends. Ended up enjoying some of the best years of my life at Kennesaw.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I do the same warm up routine before every game
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
Scoring the first touchdown ever at our stadium
What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?
Tough to think of the coolest thing I’ve done but having the opportunity to read to elementary school kids in the Cobb county area and seeing their faces light up when i walked into the room was pretty cool.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
God, Selena Gomez, Lebron James (If I’m at dinner with any of these people, I have be doing something right)