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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: T.J. McCoy, C, University of Louisville

T.J. McCoy is hoping to follow in his Father’s footsteps to play in the NFL.  His Father is a great friend of NFL Draft Diamonds Owner Damond Talbot.  Jonathan Joyce of Draft Diamonds sat down with T.J. to perform this prospect interview!

Student-Athlete Profile:

  • T.J. McCoy
  • University of Louisville
  • C
  • 6’1”
  • 305lbs.
  • Hometown: Clermont, FL
  • Twitter: @Iamtjmccoy

You spent the last four seasons playing at the University of Florida before transferring to Louisville. What made Louisville the right choice for you to finish your Collegiate career?

After visiting Louisville and meeting the Athletic Director, Coach Ledford, Coach Satterfield, the coaching staff and team, they all shared the same passion and desire to take the program as a whole to the next level. From there, I decided to accept the challenge and become a part of the vision. I felt that I had a better chance winning the award and become a better football player learning under a coach who has had experience in playing offensive line for 7 years in the NFL and who has had success with players at my position. I see myself being the top center in this year’s upcoming draft.

As an athlete, what is your motivation?

God, family, and the kids in my future foundation.

What defines success for you?

Being a great leader, never settling for less and having team success. I know on the offensive line, we all must be on the same page to protect the quarterback and the running back, and in doing so, this will help lead our team into a successful year.

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

I think my teammates would describe me as a leader, a hard worker, and a competitor. I love to compete and strive to be the best player I can be. My teammates, and leading teammates is also something that makes me do the best I can,

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

Can’t have bad snaps, make calls consistently, get 6-8 hours of sleep, and don’t eat past 6 PM. I also don’t accept mediocrity and not giving my best each day.

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

Daron Payne, Alabama.

Who is the best player in the NFL?

Aaron Donald.

What is your team of choice on Madden, why?

Carolina Panthers. I love Cam Newton. He’s my favorite player because he’s dominant at his position. He’s like a superhero playing QB.

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

I learn from them and I find a way to fix or get situations handled. That’s what I love about the game of football. There are always obstacles to overcome and I believe that I am the type of player to face the obstacles and come out on top.

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

Jeff Saturday, Indianapolis Colts.

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

I would tell my younger self to prepare to work hard because you’ve got a lot of obstacles to overcome. Most importantly, I would tell him to remember who you’re playing the game for.

What is your go-to restaurant near campus?

Four Rivers BBQ.

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

“The Greatest Underdawg.”

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

Mötley Crüe.

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

My great grandmother because I never met her and my mother always talks about how sweet of a lady she was.

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

A great man of God, husband, father, businessman, CEO, community activist, and humanitarian.

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

I know who I’m playing this game for and I have heart, determination, and focus. I love and respect the game. I strive to be dependable, focused and compete everyday.


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