Can you tell me about your upbringing? Where are you from and what do your family dynamics look like?
I’m from Brooklyn New York the city of Coney Island, I grew up in the city and everything around me was about sports, mostly basketball. I don’t know if you’ve seen the movie “ He got Game” but that is the town I am from so everybody plays sports and is big on basketball. Growing up it was just me, my older brother and my mom, I love my mom. Me and my brother wanted to make it playing football, because everyone else played basketball where we are from. My brother is 24 years old, we have always been really close since we are only a year and a half apart. We attended the same schools our entire lives up until college. Ever since a young age we had a strong desire to make it playing football and eventually go to the NFL. I have a big family: 8 aunts and uncles. We have all lived in the city of Coney Island since around 1970, we actually lived in the same apartment just passed down through generations. We are a very tight knit and loving family.
When did your love for football begin?
I would say my passion for football began my junior year of highschool. I always played football but I loved other things as well. When I was younger I used to do a lot of things football, basketball, baseball, dancing, art, so I never picked one thing, I loved everything. When I finally fell in love with one activity it was definitely football.
Who or What is your biggest inspiration?
I am inspired by a lot of things. The top three would be God, nature, and the universe.
What does your daily routine look like?
I like to wake up early if I can, on a daily basis I am probably up as early as 3:30-4am. So I usually like to start my day with breathwork, meditation, and a stretch. Then I will get into the physical activity I have planned whether it be football practice, lifting, working out, yoga, or pilates. The second half of my day I focus on my nutrition and how to structure my day around that. I am on a meal plan and I am vegan so I structure my day based on the way I am eating. Halfway throughout my day I usually like to craft my position on the defensive line. Throughout the middle of my day I work on my position and the things my position work does to get better so that is the type of exercise I do midway through the day. I like to go to sleep around 9pm but realistically it’s more like 10-11pm. At nighttime I like to unwind and relax, listen to music, chill, and evaluate my day to see how it could’ve gone better. I always go to sleep thankful and with a clear mind.
How would your teammates or coaches describe you?
What is your greatest weakness and strength as a football player?
My greatest weakness is me. My greatest strength is me. All of the stuff I instilled through my training, and my daily practice when I’m on the field I just have to have my mental right, be poised and be locked in. This is a game I’ve been playing my whole life so i just have to make sure I am on point not worried about how fast or how slow just being correct on everything. That’s my strength; everything I have is not on me it’s in me.
How would you evaluate your ability to handle conflict?
Very well. I actually strive in conflict. I take pride in trying to be the best in the room that thrives during chaos. It’s definitely something I had to learn.
What is the greatest challenge faced by athletes in your opinion?
Yourself. Your mental, just not being in your own head, knowing that there are no limitations, controlling what you can control is all you need to be worried about, trusting the process and trusting yourself focus on going forward
Which NFL football team do you admire most and why?
I don’t have a specific team I admire, I admire them all for what they do.
If you were not a football player what would you be?
That’s a good question. I would probably do everything else I know videography, photography, physical training, be a mental health advocate, or an influencer, I would keep myself busy with a lot of stuff.
Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?
5 years from now I have no idea, all I know is that I hope I have the same intentions and I am doing the things I’m doing now like building myself and those around me up. I don’t like setting goals, I don’t like to put limitations on myself. I’m just committed to being the greatest I can be everyday and whatever my purpose is is my purpose. I want to be a football player so I want to be the best at doing what I do. Whatever that looks like 5 years from now is what I will be doing
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement in life so far and why?
Changing my diet. When I changed my diet it raised my level of discipline to a level that I never saw before. It elevated all areas of my life, helped the way I think, the way I move, everything.
If you could re-do your entire college experience would you do anything differently why or why not?
No, I wouldn’t do anything differently, because in the end just keeping a positive mind I realized everything I have now and the tools I need to be on the pedestal I desire to be on in the future, I needed to go through everything.
If you could say anything or give your 13 year old self advice what would it be?
Keep asking questions, keep being you, just do you thing child.
Define what success means to you?
Success means to me being able to wake up everyday with a piece of mind knowing you are in alignment with whatever your purpose is.
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