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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Steve Casali, LB, UMass

What is your name?

Steve Casali

What is your Height/Weight?

6’1 242

What is your position?


Where do you play college football?

Umass Amherst

Where are you from?

Farmingville, NY

Who is your role model, and why?

My dad is my role model because his work ethic is second to none. He looks out for everyone he cares for and he is a man of his word. He is truly a man’s man.

Who was your favorite teacher?

Mr. Kropp

Did you play any other sports growing up?

Wrestling, Baseball, and Lacrosse

Who was the toughest player you ever faced?  Nick Fitzgerald

Who is the most underrated player on your team? Da’Sean Downey

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

Thief by Ookay

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

Bobby Wagner due to both of us being the same size and how much intensity he plays with for each snap

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

My first semester at Umass was the toughest time period of my life. I got injured and sick within a week of each other, and a close friend of mine passed away before that. It was difficult but it made me tougher mentally and physically.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?


What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

Logan Laurent kicking the game-winning field goal against App. State.

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

Volunteer at a Special Olympics basketball tournament.

Who was your favorite NFL team growing up? Pittsburgh Steelers

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

Connor McGregor, Ray Lewis, and Michael Jordan

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