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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Albert Havili, DL, Eastern Washington University

What is your name?

Albert Havili

What is your Height/Weight?

6’2 270

What is your position?

Defensive Lineman

Where do you play college football?

Eastern Washington University

Where are you from?

Federal Way, Washington

Who is your role model, and why?

My father, Taniela Havili. Throughout my life he was an example that hard work and dedication will help you achieve  your goals.

Who was your favorite teacher?

John Meagher

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Shotput and discus thrower

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?

Aaron Neary (LA Rams)

Who is the most underrated player on your team?

Andre Lino

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

Bad company- Five Finger Death Punch

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

Michael Bennett. On the field he is just a mean, physical player that shows effort. Off the field he shows character and cares for the community.

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

The biggest obstacle in my life was when I tore my ACL. This was a huge setback in my career and it effected me emotionally. I felt useless and was just depressed that I could not be out there on the field with my teammates and go through the grind with them. But, I took that year to focus on school and to get my knee better to come back better and stronger. Taking a negative, and turning it into a positive.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

On game day I wake up and say a quick prayer. Then listen to gospel music to keep me calm.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

77-yard interception return for a touchdown

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

Raise money for a local family in Spokane and provide them with whatever they need. (home, school, etc)

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up?


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

Jesus Christ, Ray Lewis, and my Mother

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