2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jeremiah Baker, DB, University of Cumberlands
- Name: Jeremiah Baker
- Height: 5’11
- Weight: 185
- Position: DB
- College: University of the Cumberland’s
- Twitter: @Jbake1432
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
• I’m from a small town named Camden County Ga. What I love about my hometown is that it’s very close-knit, everyone supports everything you do and want nothing but greatness out of you.
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
• Strength and Conditioning, Film Study, then Practice. I put them in this order because in football you have to be strong and in shape otherwise you have no chance, after that you have to know the game, in high school my Safety coach, Coach Hodge always told me: “you can take a 4.8 40 player and get him to play as if he runs a 4.5 just but getting him to understand and know the game.
What do you worry about, and why?
• I worry about letting those who count on me the most down, my whole life I was told that I could make it and that everyone knew I could do great things, and I want to make them proud.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
• I would have to say my sophomore year, I tried to get 325 on the power clean and I couldn’t get it so I made a promise that I would push my self until I got it, and this offseason I did it with ease.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
• I would have to say they would think my best quality is that I have a high-motor, I love to work and get better, I love having a lot of energy on the field and especially in the weight room. I love seeing my teammates get better and doing weight they didn’t think they could.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
• The best player I would have to say I played against would be Sam Bruce from southeastern, he transferred from Miami and we played them the first game of the season and it was a lot of hype about him, so I challenged myself to try to dominate him, everyone, I lined up against him in the game.
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
• If football didn’t work out I would be in the military saving my money to open up my own multi-sports complex being that I am Majoring in Business Administration, Minoring in Criminal Justice, and a concentration in Accounting.
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
• I would have to say room because if you wake up in the morning and clean your room and make your bed no matter how the rest of the day goes when you come home, you will come home to a made bed and a clean room.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
• I would choose a family member, I know I can always trust my family
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
• Vin Diesel (only in fast and furious series). That’s because in those movies he lives by a code which is family, and for my family is everything, it’s the only thing that holds our name when leaving this earth.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
• My biggest adversity would have been losing my grandmother in February of my freshman year in college. When she passed away it hit me harder than anything else but it drove me to want to be better and make it so much more, I promised my grandma a Cadillac so that’ll be one of the cars in my driveway.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
• I would have to say a senior year, the first round of the playoffs against hill grove, I was backpedaling on the hash and my shoes came untied and I tripped on my shoe string in front of a sold-out crowd, luckily my teammates got a sack that plays.
What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?
• I would have to say my 85-yard pick six against Edward Waters, it was my first college touchdown plus my whole family was in attendance so it was great to show them how well I’m doing is so far away from home.
What song best describes your work ethic?
• I would have to say either: “Never lose” or “Dreams and Nightmares” both by Meek Mill
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
• I would have to say Non-Physical, being mentally prepared can get you way further than talent and abilities, studying the game and knowing your opponent is what keeps you playing at a high level.
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
• My grandma, just to hug her and tell her how much I love her, and for her to see how good I am doing and that I am keeping our promise.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
• I would have to say: “The Nation” simply because I know I have a nation behind me that’ll support anything I choose to do in life.
Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?
• I would have to say: DJ Swearinger, he’s simply a ball hawk, he’s the type of player who sees the ball, gets the ball, and that’s how I like to play.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
• I would have to say being respected because those who respect you are less likely to wrong you because they know you hold values in your character so they’ll want to help you before they want to hurt you.
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
• I would have to say, Barry Sanders or Sean Taylor, they were both Generational talents and would have set many records.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
• I hate losing when it’s all said and done you will hardly remember the wins, but it’s the games you lost that you’ll remember every detail about and it’ll eat you more.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
•I would have to say, my grandmother, simply because she always motivated me to give everything my all, and she always told me to put God first and her favorite quote when things got hard was: “just pray about it, baby”.