2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Adam Riegler, OL, Notre Dame College
- Name: Adam Riegler
- Position: OL
- College: Notre Dame College
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 295 lbs
- Twitter: @RieglerAdam
- Instagram: @adam_riegler_
What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?
The energy I bring to the football field is very intense. I am very loud and very passionate. This type of energy fuels my competitive nature. It is a contagious energy that not only hypes me up but my teammates as well.
What sets you apart from other offensive linemen?
I would say two separate things sets me apart from other offensive linemen. The first being Whether it’s in/off season my work ethic doesn’t change. I love the grind it’s part of what drives my passion for the game. To see the improvements I can make day in and day out to be that much better if a player. We also have a great strength program at NDC with T3 Performance and I really take in what they ask of us. Two would be again just my intensity and passion for this game I’ve always played this game with a chip on my shoulder being a no name recruit coming out of high school and not thought of having a chance to play at the next level made me never take a day for granted and to prove to myself the player I know I am each and everyday.
What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?
I decided to play football at an early age because I always watched college and NFL games growing up and my older brother played which made me want to play immediately when I was old enough. I always liked football more because how different it was from any other sport, football is a all about the TEAM and the bond that brings with your teammates and coaches is something that never can be replaced.
What teammates go up against you the hardest in practice?
I’ve been very blessed over the years at NDC to be able to practice against one of the best D line’s in the nation year in and year out and usually one if not the best pass rushers in D2 FB that season (Sha’haun Williams, Noah Harris Lyles) Jack Kosko as well being one of the best NT in D2 football those would be my 3 for the toughest teammates I’ve had to go against but I’m very thankful for them because that’s what’s allowed me to be one of the best guards in D2 today those reps taken against the greats over and over make you a better player and more prepared when it’s game time.
If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?
Has to be Joe Thomas no hesitation I’ve been a die hard Cleveland Browns fan growing up and during those times it wasn’t very fun to watch but one player every year always stood out and always showed up against the biggest players/rushers in football and proved he was one of the best LT’s to ever play the game. The commitment to his play and his team was shown every Sunday. Every young OL in Ohio during that time looked up to Joe Thomas.
What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?
I think there are multiple keys to success on the football field to start if you don’t have a great worth ethic and drive it’ll get exposed quickly by the players who do have those qualities. Football is all about who puts in the most work, those are the people who reap the rewards. Another key I believe is having resilience, no matter how great you are at some time you are going to miss a block or not use the technique you were supposed to you have to be able to wash that away and go right to the next play and if you don’t have resilience you’ll never allow yourself to be the player you can be because you will just hold yourself back. The last key to me is just having that DAWG mentality, at the end of the day you have love to physically dominate your opponent each and every play.
What should we know about Adam Riegler the person?
Just an outgoing person that loves his family friends and teammates and is never satisfied from what has been achieved in the past all that matters is the present and what am I doing to make myself the best player and person I can be each and every day.
What are you looking forward to in your upcoming season?
I’m looking forward to winning a 5th straight conference title and competing again for a national title as well as turning some heads even more with my play this offseason program has me feeling the best I’ve ever felt and the strongest I’ve ever been I’m coming with one goal in mind and that’s to just DOMINATE. Also I would be lying if I wouldn’t say week 1 battle of Ohio at Ashland doesn’t have me a little bit more fired up then the rest… it’s going to be a war.
How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?
Just to try and not let things go into the snowball effect. Challenges and adversity will always arise in life and football it’s how you respond that dictates what happens next, you have to always be on your toes and believe no matter what through any situation you find yourself in you will always come out on top or better then what you were at before.
What would a team get in a player like you?
What a team would get with me is a hard working, driven, passionate and dominating player that plays whistle to whistle. Plays with that chip on his shoulder every play and has that underdog mentality in the back of his mind, that rare unique ability to always find that extra motivation to go that much more then somebody else. Lastly what a team would get with a player like me is just an all around team player that only has one goal in mind and that’s be the best player and teammate I can be each and every day to help the team succeed.
What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?
The spread offense is my favorite scheme because of all the different variation of things you can do as an offense. Spread offense blocking scheme allows you to mix different combination blocks that makes defenses guess on what you are going to do next and how to play it.
If there was a billboard with 5 of your traits on it which 5 traits would be up there?
Passionate, reliable, dedicated, resilient, and versatile.