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NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Carnell Lewis, CB, Pittsburg State University

Pittsburg State University’s cornerback Carnell Lewis is a big time playmaker who plays with a ton of speed and tenacity. He is always in your face

•       Name: Carnell Lewis 
        •       Height: 6’0 
        •       Weight: 180
        •       Position: CB
        •       College: Pittsburg State University 
        •       Twitter: nolimitnell_

Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?

•     Raleigh, North Carolina. The thing I love most about my city is that everyone I surround myself with is motivated to be better and do better given their current circumstances and want to give back to the city to make the community better.

List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?

•  First I’d say film because you can get tails on your opponents and their pre-snap tendencies. Secondly, I’d say practice because once you know what your opponent’s habits entail you can work on things to counteract your opponent and his movements. Thirdly, I’d go with strength and conditioning simply because I think the game has leaned more towards speed. Even though I think strength and conditioning is very important and a major factor to the game I think being fundamentally sound can help in ways that strength cannot 

What do you worry about, and why?

•        Not being the best I can be. Without being the best version of myself I won’t be able to fully impact and better those around me.

Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?

•        Working out with my dad when I was younger. I was benching and got stuck. I laughed because other people in the gym saw it too. But I had to realize you can’t just jump into something and expect results immediately without working for it. You have to take baby steps and build it from the ground up. I overcame it by benching lighterweight until I felt like I was ready to take on that weight again. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•   My voice and natural ability to lead      

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?

•        Demetrius Bernard IV

What would your career be if you couldn’t play football? 

•        Be an athletic director or general manager 

Room, desk and car – which do you clean first?

•        Room

If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?

•        I’d find a way to save all 4 because that’s just who I am. But that’s a tough question. OTF though

If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?

•        John Q because sometimes you never know how taking the right procedures and precautions and being morally and ethically superior does nothing for you when it comes down to the needy greedy. Plus I just want to Denzel to see this so Pops can meet him 

Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?

•        My biggest adversity, in general, was understanding life. I think I’ve been through my fair share of hardships and adversity but they all taught me life lessons which at the end of the day made me focus on me and the man I intend to be. I’ve overcome to these obstacles by realizing that when I’m in a storm or things get cloudy that the other side is always brighter and to maintain my morals and values during hard times because it will pass 

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•        Leaving my pop Warner football team during halftime to go audition for a movie. Momma had to drag me out the huddle

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

•        Don’t have one 

What song best describes your work ethic?

      •        Made For it – Lucci

What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non Physical) to help you succeed at the next level? 

      •      The ability to adapt , if you act like you belong it’ll show. All about the survival of the fittest   

If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?

      •        Stephon Clark because I know his brother is suffering more from his loss 

If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it? 

      •        Nell’s Night Club 

Who is the most overrated player in the NFL? 

      •      JuJu Smith BooSter 

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

      •        Respected , respect comes with value and a higher standard. Plus I think respect starts with oneself. If you respect yourself and move a certain way others will have no choice but to respect you 

What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?

      •        Sean Taylor , he was physical and aggressive on the field and the media portrayed him to be the same way off the field judging him from a perspective and lifestyle they never had to live and didn’t care to understand. They didn’t paint a good image of him throughout his career before he passed away. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

    •        Love to win but I don’t hate to lose, losses come with lessons 

Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?

      •       My father , supported 6 boys and a lovely lady financially for years ! Just seeing him take care of his family and how he set examples around the house and the community was a blessing it’s self 

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