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NFL Draft Diamonds Exclusive Interview: Richie James, WR, Middle Tennessee State

Richie James
Middle Tennessee State University-WR
5’9″ 176lbs.
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This interview was put together by Jonathan Joyce!

 

MTSU all-time leader in: receptions (243), reception yards (3249) & TDs (23).
2015 – First Team All C-USA
2016 – First Team All C-USA, 3rd Team All-American by Phil Steele
Declared for NFL Draft after Blue Raider bowl win in Camellia Bowl over Arkansas St. 35-30.
Caught at least one pass in all 31 career games played.

What is your name?
Richie James
What is your height/weight?
5’9″ 176
Where are you from?
Sarasota, FL
Where do you play college football?
Middle Tennessee State University
What is your position?
WR
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Ran track in high school. (4×1, 4×4, long jump, triple jump, 200m, 400m)
Who was your most underrated teammate in college?
Charvarious Ward (CB-MTSU). He is such a patient player. Kevin Byard. That’s all I was hearing about when I came in. He worked hard, set goals & made sure he met them.
Who was the toughest player you faced in college?
Kevin Byard, Minkah Fitzpatrick, Eddie Jackson, Marlon Humphrey, Reggie Ragland.
What music are you listening to before a game?
J Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, Future.
What are your pregame rituals?
Pray that everyone stays safe & healthy in the game. Take a football & jog around the field. Stand in the middle of the field, and picture myself making plays.
Who is your role model, and why?
My Uncle. He was always there to help & support our family.
What was your favorite & least favorite class in college?
Favorite Algebra. Love solving equations. Least favorite, Accounting.
What is the biggest obstacle in your life you’ve overcome to date?
Getting a call being told my cousin had been killed. Not being able to be there in FL for my family was tough. Situation has motivated me to be better.
Who is your favorite NFL Team & NFL player, why?
The Oakland Raiders. Something about that Silver & Black. Their fans are so loyal. Favorite players are Antonio Brown & Peter Warrick.
Who is your NFL comparison & why?
Antonio Brown & Tyreek Hill. They both line up all over the field & just make plays.
What item, that you don’t have already, would you most like to own?
An Audi R8.
If you could be in a movie of your choice, what movie would you choose & what character would you play?
The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck. He is such a quiet character, but is a savage without people knowing.
If you could have dinner with 3 people, dead or alive, who would they be & why?
J Cole, Kendrick Lamar & Will Smith. I would love to sit down and pick the brains of these men. Ask them about life & how they got where they are.

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