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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Shakore Philip, DT, Widener University

Defensive Tackle Shakore Philip is a big boy with a good motor
Defensive Tackle Shakore Philip is a big boy with a good motor

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What is your name?

Shakore Philip

What is your Height/Weight? 

6 feet 0 inches / 305 lbs

What is your position? 

Defensive Tackle

Where do you play college football? 

Widener University

Football is about giving back, what is the coolest thing you have done off the field? 

Athletes helping Athletes. This is a youth mentoring program where old athletes help younger athletes set themselves   on the right path as they journey through their young athletic careers.

What was the hardest college class you ever had to take?

Advanced Economic Theory

Where are you from? 

Bay Shore New York

Who is your role model, and why? 

Malcolm X. Because he dared to be different in a time when being different was looked down on by the masses .

Did you play any other sports growing up? 

Soccer, Cricket, Lacrosse, Wrestling, Track and field

Did you play any other positions in football? 

Center , Guard

At your position, what separates you from others? 

My explosion off of the ball

When you are breaking down film, what do you look for?

Pre play tendencies that may indicate what the play may be .

Who was the toughest player you ever faced? 

Kyle Steuck, Northern Michigan

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

Aaron Donald or Marcel Dareus . Because of the way I play in the back field on every play.

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

Moving from Antigua and having to assimilate with the culture. I left everything to God, and allowed my faith to carry me though by turning to prayer .

Do you have any pre-game rituals? 

I receive a bible verse from my mother before every game that I will read.

As a small school football player what obstacles do you feel you have to overcome?

Proving that you deserve a chance to prove that you belong playing at the next level.

What is your biggest strength? 

My ability to translate practice and the weight room to the field

What is your biggest weakness? 

Height and I don’t drive my feet on all double teams .

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say? 

If you draft me on to your team you’re getting a player that strives to better at this craft every day and every play. You’re also getting some one that will always put his best foot forward. You will get a player that will put the needs of the team before his own personal glory .

Who was your favorite player and/or NFL team growing up? 

Ndamukong Suh , Detroit Lions

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

Jesus, Haile Seassie , Musa Keita I of Mali

What will be the first big item you buy once you are in the NFL?

A house for my Mom.

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