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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Joe Germinerio, QB, Ithaca College

Joe Germinerio the grad transfer quarterback at Ithaca College is ready to shine his senior season. He sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name:  Joe Germinerio
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 225
  • Position: QB
  • College: UAlbany (redshirt freshman)/Brockport (freshman to junior) graduated May 2019/Ithaca (senior) grad transfer
  • Twitter: @joeygerm9

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

• Wynantskill, NY. It will always be so special to me and I’ll always cherish the memories I made from playing sports with my family and best friends from sunup to sun down. It’s all we did as kids and I still keep in touch with everyone that’s come across 34 Streamview Lane in their childhood.

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

You can’t have a specific order for these things because they all serve a great purpose in order to be successful. During the off season, you’ll do more strength and conditioning than if you were in season. Film study will increase when the season begins because you’ll be watching game film and practice of yourself constantly. And practice is something that you should be doing constantly year round to perfect your craft, in season it’ll be a little easier having all your guys there. But as a QB working pocket movements and foot work can never be repped enough. 

What do you worry about, and why?

• The uncertainty of my future. Many people deal with these things but I just try to remind myself to continue to be me and work as hard as you can daily and things will eventually fall into place.

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

• The first time I failed at something was not starting right away as a sophomore in high school the first several games. As a young kid it was frustrating after all the training that went into that season, but I stayed patient and eventually got a shot and ran with the opportunity.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

• My work ethic and competitiveness 

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

• Ajay Fanene and Tevin Jones Mary Hardin Baylor

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

• I imagine if football wasn’t the path I chose, then I would have tried to perfect my craft in another sport while getting an education. I couldn’t imagine my life without playing a collegiate sport.

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

• Room always. First thing you should do in the morning is make your bed.

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

• I’m Italian, man. Blood thicker than water.

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

• Johnny Drama, who doesn’t like that guy?

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

• The death of my grandparents. It was extremely difficult not having them there and seeing me play at the next level, but I know they’re watching down on me and smiling from all my success throughout my collegiate career.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

• One of my most embarrassing moments was after I just got my driver’s license, I started to back down my driveway that’s about 300 feet and accidentally backed into the fence and knocked down a six-foot section. 

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• Most memorable play has to be the touchdown run against Delaware Valley in the 2017 Elite 8 game which gave us a 28-7 lead at the time. We ended up winning that game 31-28 and booked our trip to the Final 4. I try not to get too emotional when I play but something about that play I went a little crazy in the end zone.

What song best describes your work ethic?


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

• Non-Physical. Because at the next level everyone is bigger, faster, stronger and you need to have a great work ethic and preparation to succeed. Mentally is what separates you, especially at the QB position.

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

• I’d bring back my Grandfather from my father’s side because he is the only grandparent that I never met and would have liked to get to know him while growing up.

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

• 3 Step Drop 

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL? 

• Phillip Rivers

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

• Respected

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

Josh Gordon, he had all the potential in the world to be a HOF if he was able to play. But his off the field issues always held him back to reach his full potential. 

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• HATE TO LOSE, hate it. 

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

My parents. If it weren’t for them, I sure wouldn’t be doing this interview right now. They’ve been with me every step of the way, they’ve been my greatest support system through my entire athletic career. I could never thank them enough!

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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