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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Terry Tillmon, WR, Houston Baptist University

Terry Tillmon the Houston Baptist wide out recently sat down with Jonathan Joyce of NFL Draft Diamonds.

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • Terry Tillmon
  • Houston Baptist University
  • WR
  • 5’10”
  • 170lbs.
  • Hometown: Chicago, IL
  • Twitter: @Trae_Till

2018 Statistics:

  • GP: 11
  • Receptions: 18
  • Receiving Yards: 379
  • YP/REC: 21.06
  • TDs: 4
via Myles Baker (YouTube)

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

As an athlete, my motivation is using my talent, skillset and work ethic to first bring glorification of God and provide for my family.

What defines success for you?

In my perspective, success is defined in the reaching and breaking of your ceilings, while inspiring others to do the same along the way.

What would your teammates say about the type of teammate you are?

If asked about me, I believe my teammates would respond and describe me as very hard working, extremely competitive and driven.
via @Trae_Till (Twitter)

What are some of your personal “rules” that you never break?

A personal rule that I never break is shaking with the left hand, it’s been instilled in me that it is a sign of disrespect and lack of loyalty. Another personal rule of my own is accountability, if I make a mistake I find some if not all responsibility in its conception, this builds character, specifically integrity and humbleness. One more rule is giving God praise in all things, regardless if it’s considered positive or negative because every circumstance can be used towards some form of growth.

Who is the toughest player you’ve competed against during your collegiate career?

The toughest player to date that I’ve played both against and with would-be DJ Williams of Utah State University.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

The best player in the NFL Antonio Brown.
via @Trae_Till (Twitter)

Failure is inevitable in life. How do you handle situations that don’t go in your favor?

I apply one of my personal rules that I stated earlier, when failure is encountered I’ve matured to the point to understand that it’s not separate from success, but apart of achieving it. There is no losing, only learning. 

Is there a current/former NFL player that you model your game after?

I tend to pull pieces from several guys that have gone before me and been successful with skill sets similar to my own, such as Desean Jackson, Calvin Ridley and Will Fuller.

Knowing what you do now, what would you go back and tell yourself as a High-School Freshman?

In this society and game especially comparison is king, but you distance yourself from it, it only creates two things, overconfidence which leads to pride and arrogance and or an inferiority complex. Work on yourself, love on yourself and praise others every chance you get.  Caring about what others think is the number one killer of success.
via @Trae_Till (Twitter)

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

My number one go-to restaurant near campus is FireHouse Subs, number five the combo on wheat bread.

If your life was a book, what would its title be?

If my life was a book its title would be “The Great Gatsby.”

What song or artist do you like but rarely admit to liking?

An artist I like but rarely admit to liking would be Frank Ocean.

If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

If I could have dinner with anyone in the world, I’d probably have to sit down with Nipsey Hussle. I’d really enjoy picking his brain regarding his climb to success, lessons learned and wisdom in the world of finance. 

Forty-years from now, what do you want to be remembered for?

Being living proof that God can use anyone from anywhere, and catapult them into their biggest dreams and beyond as long as faith, hard work and consistency is involved. 

In 15 words or less, why should an NFL team invest in you?

I can take the top off any defense. Special teams is a love of mine.


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