NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Josh Marshall, DB, University of West Florida
What is your name?
What is your Height/Weight?
What is your position?
Where do you play college football?
Troy University/University of West Florida
Where are you from?
Born in Titusville, Florida raised in Lawrenceville, Georgia
Who is your role model, and why?
I actually have a couple of role models, my mother being one because it’s not easy being a single mother raising. Four children on your own. She managed to do her best keeping a roof over our heads and food on a plate and. She taught us to respect and to never give up on something you really want. She instilled in us that we could do or be whatever it was we put our minds to. My grandmother who also lives with my mom, she’s had multiple strokes and also beat cancer and is also paralyzed on the left side of her body and still manages to do everything on a daily basis on her own for the most part. The strength she shows and never complains about anything keeps me going whenever I find myself in a tough situation.
Who was your favorite teacher?
My 8th-grade homeroom and social studies teacher Ms. White
Did you play any other sports growing up?
I actually didn’t play football until my 9th-grade year in high school. I played basketball and ran track growing up.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
Alvin Kamara in Junior College
Who is the most underrated player on your team?
Marvin Conley by far.
What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?
G to the A by Kodak and Jackboy
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
Earl Thomas, I maybe looked at as undersized. I’m fast, smart, very coachable a game changer and I come through in the clutch.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
Tough question, growing up in poverty has brought more than enough challenges. Evictions etc, but I recently broke my leg and had my season cut short. I overcame it by staying focused on the bigger picture and understanding that everything happens for a reason and that it was just part of the process.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
I have an older cousin named seek that had his life taken from we spoke often but never saw each other much, but when we did speak he always told me to never stop playing football. I pray and kind of talk to him before every game thanking him for his advice.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
I caught an interception against Southern Miss, wasn’t my first collegiate interception it was a game-changing though.
What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?
I’ve visited a detention center to speak to the troubled youth, I’ve spoken to a number of youth football teams just about importance of school and respecting your parents etc. to me though, I’m big on family and I love giving, one Christmas I had no money so I sold all of my Jordans to get money to buy my family Christmas gifts. It’s never about me.
Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
My cousin Zeke, any NFL GM, and probably Tyrann Mathieu