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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Mike Ezirike, DL, Rhode Island

What is your name? 

Mike Ezirike

What is your Height/Weight?

6”2 284

What is your position?

DT/DE

Where do you play college football?

I am the captain of the university of Rhode Island football Organization

Where are you from?

Laurel, Maryland

Who is your role model, and why?

My father!!! He  taught me how to pray and how to work hard.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr Allen was my religion teacher in high school and showed me a lot of different perspectives

Did you play any other sports growing up?

I ran track. I sprinted the 100 and 200 .My best times were 11.7 and a 23.9 respectively.

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Larry Allen’s son from Harvard was pretty good.He was the first and last guy to ever stop my bull rush.

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Will Mack is very good. It’s just a matter of time before people start to here about him.

What is the one song that would fire you up before the biggest game of your life?

Higher ground by Tnght

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

Aaron Donald we are the same size except I have an inch on him. We also play very similar.

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Getting through fork union military academy!! It was challenging and overwhelming In so many different ways but it gave me the poise and taught me discipline and hard work. I wouldn’t change that for the world.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I do some extra static stretching and read some bible verses and say a prayer before every game.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

On my senior day at mead stadium on the last play of the game I got a sack to finish off Villanova. A team that we never beat while I was there.  It was magical.

What is the coolest thing you ever did off the field for someone else?

One time I was at a bar and an older lady fell. People were trying to help her up by her hand but she had bad hips and couldn’t do that. She needed someone strong enough to pick her up from under her arms and I was the guy for the job.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Green Bay Packers

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose? Martin Luther king, Reggie White and Barack Obama. 

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