NFL Draft Prospect Interview: William Martin, WR, Saint Francis University (PA)
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What is your name?
My name is William Martin.
What is your Height/Weight?
I am 5’9” and 180lbs.
What is your position?
My position is slot/wide receiver.
Where do you play college football?
I play college football at Saint Francis University (PA).
Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field?
The coolest things I have done off the field is hang out with my 12 year-old best friend Brent, who has autoimmune deficiency, and his two brothers. We have eating competitions, competed in a 5K marathon together, did a push up competition two years in a row for a cancer fundraiser at my school’s basketball games, talk about girls, school, being grateful, not taking things for granted, and having respect for other people.
What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?
The hardest college class I ever had to take was Business Law.
Where are you from?
I am from Burlington, New Jersey.
Who is your role model, and why?
My role model is my mother because I have never seen someone go through the pain that she had to endure, still have a smile on her face and carry on with her daily life like nothing happened. She is hard working, selfless and one of the only few people who has my full complete trust.
Did you play any other sports growing up?
Growing up, the only sport I played other than football was track & field.
Did you play any other positions in football?
Other than slot/wide receiver, I played running back, corner, kick returner, and punt returner.
At your position, what separates you from others?
At my position, my route running, speed, great hands and competitive nature separates me from others.
When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?
When I am breaking down film, I look for tendencies and techniques of corners, line backers, and defensive ends, while understanding the coverages that the defense utilizes the most.
Who was the toughest player you ever faced?
The toughest player I have ever faced is Daquan Minter, who played CB on my team. He was the best corner in our conference and it was always a battle between us during one on ones in practice.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be and why?
If there is one player in the NFL who I could compare my play to, it would be Antonio Brown from the Pittsburgh Steelers. We both are smart, have excellent route running abilities, have reliable hands, and even though we are far from the biggest on the field, we like to block and are not afraid to get hit catching the football.
What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest obstacle in my life that I had to overcome was when my parents divorced when I was 11 years old. It forced me to become a man at the age of 11 to protect my mom and sister because I was officially the man of the household and still is to this day. I had to grow up early, by running errands for my mom when she could not, find my own transportation to places, become a handy man, and make sure I was still on top of my grades and athletics. This experience has shaped me into the man that I am today.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
My pre-game rituals are praying, watching my favorite football highlights, listening to music, and juggling 3 tennis balls.
What is your biggest strength?
My biggest strength is my work ethic and my willingness to learn and better myself (whether it is mentally or physically).
What is your biggest weakness?
My biggest weakness is that I tend to ask a lot of questions which may make appear as if I do not understand or know something but it is only for reassurance purposes.
If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?
If you were a GM, I would say that you are getting a player who is ready mentally and physically to make a difference in your organization from the coaching staff, to teammates, to playing on the field. I am hard working, willing to learn, accountable, a role model, well-spoken, and a true class act on and off the field.
Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up?
My favorite player growing up was Barry Sanders.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would you choose?
If I could have dinner with three people dead or alive, it would be with Martin Luther King Jr., Bruce Lee, and Martin Lawrence.
What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?
The first big items I would buy once I am in the NFL are stocks in Apple, Google, and Exxon Mobil.
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- Pizza or Burgers?
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