NFL Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Chris Myarick, TE, Temple University
• Name: Chris Myarick
• Height: 6’5
• Weight: 250
• Position: TE
• College: Temple University
• Twitter: @cmyarick
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
• My hometown is Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, a suburb that borders Philadelphia. That is one of the things I love most about it, the ease of access to my favorite city. Another thing I love about my hometown is the amount of diversity, which differs from a lot of other suburbs.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
- Practice: I think this is where the most development in terms of football abilities happens, it is also possible to build strength and conditioning through practice itself.
- Film Study: I think the next important factor after having the skill and ability to perform is knowing how to apply it to put yourself in the most successful position possible, which comes from film study.
- Strength and Conditioning: this is certainly not an unimportant factor when it comes to football, but I think the importance is slightly below being skilled at football and knowing your assignments.
What do you worry about, and why?
•I worry about not living up to my family’s expectations because it is my goal to make them as proud as I possibly can.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
• One thing I failed in was not being able to receive a division one scholarship during my senior year of high school. Knowing I belonged and deciding not settle and play at a smaller school, I decided to walk on to Temple where I was able to earn a starting role as well as a full scholarship before my redshirt junior season.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
• Sharif Finch / Jacob Martin (D-Line, Temple University)
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
• I would be somewhere in the business industry, either helping an established business or starting my own.
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
•Room, that’s where I spend the most time.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
• This is a tough one but I would have to say my family member because family is very important to me, and it would be very difficult to live knowing I chose to not save them.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
• Bruce Wayne (Batman), he has always been my favorite character growing up.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
• I spoke to it before as one of my failures, but being faced with the decision to play lower level college football, walk on to a division one team, or to give up my dream of playing in the NFL all together was my biggest test in life so far in which I decided to bet on myself and I definitely add the right choice.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
• First thing that comes to mind is when I took a football to the groin area when trying to block a field goal in high school.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
• My first and only Touchdown which came against UConn.
What song best describes your work ethic?
• Push it to the limit, Scarface soundtrack
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
• I think it is my ability to learn quickly and understand concepts within a playbook.
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
• My grandmother Peggy, I would like to ask her a lot of questions about the parts of my family I’ve never met.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?
• Keith Kirkwood, WR New Orleans Saints
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
• I would rather be respected because I don’t want anyone making excuses for my accountability which I feel like happens for people who are more “liked”.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
• Rob Dvoracek was a former Temple linebacker who had his career derailed by a series of knee injuries and recoveries gone wrong. He was an extremely unselfish and dedicated player who invested so much time to help Temple win which is why I feel for him the most.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
• Love to win.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
- My parents have been my biggest influence. They work very hard to make sure our family has everything we need to succeed and chase our dreams. They have taught me how to be a man and have been my biggest supporters throughout my entire sports career.