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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Steven Smith, LB, Hampton University

What is your name?

Steven Smith Jr

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1.5″/235 lbs.

What is your position?

Linebacker/Defensive End

Where do you play college football?

Hampton University

Where are you from?

Norfolk, Va

Who is your role model, and why?

My father, he showed me how to be a man and how to always battle through adversity

Who was your favorite teacher?

Professor Khalid White

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Played Basketball for a year and ran track for 2

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Tarik Cohen

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Yahki Johnson

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

Rumors by Waka Flocka

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

Sean Lee because we are similar in size and I feel as if he makes a lot of plays off of effort and I tend to do the same thing.

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

I ended up going to a Junior College where I had to prove myself day in and day out while also having to focus on academics and well as paying rent being that I didn’t attend a National Junior College. I overcame this by staying focus and prioritizing needs and wants. at that point in time I had to make sacrifices but in the end, I was able to earn a full scholarship.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I say a prayer, listen to my music and take one full lap around the field before every game.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

I would have to go with two plays that occurred back to back; It was the last two plays of my collegiate career. We were up three points and needed a stop to win. The first play I was able to sack the quarterback who was elusive all game and the ensuing play I had a quarterback hurry that forced an interception to seal the game.

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

Some friends and I from a rival school teamed up and handed out turkeys and other food on Thanksgiving to less fortunate families

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?

Dallas Cowboys

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?

My Grandmother (EDNA), My Mother, and My Father

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