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2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Mason Newton, LB, Colorado Mesa University

Mason Newton the hard hitting linebacker from Colorado Mesa University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Mason Newton
  • Height: 6ft 2inch
  • Weight: 237lb
  • Position: Linebacker (outside rush end in college)
  • College: Colorado Mesa University
  • Twitter: @masonnewton43

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

• Born and raised in Bountiful Utah, 15 minutes north of Salt Lake City. I loved how close all of my family members were to one another. We would always go and support one another in sporting events and life. I had a great time growing up.

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

• 1-Film study, 2-strength and conditioning, 3-practice

What do you worry about, and why?

•I Worry about being able to support and take care of my family when they get older.  They have supported me so much and I want to be able to do the same for them.

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

•I failed my first test as a senior in high school. I was so embarrassed when I was handed the test back, I knew the material just tested poorly and all my friends had crushed it. At that moment, I said to myself that slacking off won’t help me get into college. I turned up the focus in my life to the important things that would help me go somewhere and let the negative distractors fall by the wayside.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?

•In college, I was voted the team MVP and that really surprised me. I was good at playing but what I was told and heard from the guys is that I was able to get everyone on the same page and earn their respect. I think they would also say, that I was a leader and could help push them to be their best.

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

•There a laundry list of guys, but the one who stands out the most was always the guy that was kicking my ass and showing me how to keep working.  Blake Nelson, one of my old teammates and friend.  Blake was a workhorse who never stopped, even when he was hurt.  He definitely wasn’t the tallest guy on the team but he was one of the best athletes I had played with and against.

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

• I would look to be a strength and conditioning coach. My early football career I was told I was too slow and too stiff and I couldn’t get faster or limber. I finally found a coach how believed in me, Coach Dale Lloyd and through his training and support, I proved them wrong. I want to give others that same feeling.  Help attain dreams and get them to places where they never thought they could get to.

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

• Clean your desk first, it is where all of your work gets done. The others are important but you need to be able to get the work done first.

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

•I love my family and I would do anything for them but I’m 100% positive that my mom would yell and tell me to save the strangers first. Saving three members of someone else’s family would be the thing to do. Pay it forward is something my mom drilled into me.

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

•SpongeBob, because he is always happy, nothing seems to bother him he always sees the glass as half full he is inclusive and a kindhearted guy. That’s how I was raised and what I strive to be.

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

•My brother being diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This was a tough time for the whole family. He was diagnosed my last semester of my freshman year in high school. Through high school, my parents were always either at work or at the hospital with my brother. At this time, I was a three-sport athlete, wrestling, track, and football. I also had to get a job to help supplement the grocery bills. I had to also take care of the house, dishes and wash clothes for the family because my parents had very little to no time to do it. I bucked up and was the man of the house.  It sucked but I had my coaches that helped me. I had to grow up and put my big boy pants on and chase my dreams while at the same time taking care of all of those I loved. I got through it, and my brother did too.  He has been cancer-free for four years.  So, everything turned out for the better.

What is your most embarrassing moment?

•I was a part of the dance company in high school for a little while. There was a big dance performance for the parents and others one evening in February my junior year. Well, I found out that the entire football team and coaching staff caught wind of it and decided to show up and proceeded to watch me falling on my backside and tripping my dance partner a few times. I haven’t lived that one down, even today I hear about it. I better at dancing but definitely I’m going to stick to country swing dancing.

What was the most memorable play of your collegiate career?

• It was my first sack of my senior year.  It was the first game of the season we were down 7 points and needed to stop the offence it was a clutch play and we won the game by one point. A fight till the end. The team was so stoked and it was so memorable and a great moment. 

What song best describes your work ethic?

• I Won’t Back Down– Johnny Cash, I use this song as a life motto.

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

•A motor…something that has always helped me out in life, never giving up and going 100% all the time until the whistle blows or I have nothing left.

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

•My grandfather. He made it to every game my high school career, always sat in the same spot on top of the bleachers. He had this cowbell that every time my name was called, I could hear a distinct cowbell in the background. I loved this man and he loved me, was always there to support me and really taught me how to be a man.

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

•I’m more of a country kind of dancing boy, so it would be something like Boots, Scootin’, and Boogying or something like that.

Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?

•It was Derrick Henry. He was a stud in college and a stud in the NFL. At the beginning of the year he didn’t do much, however, he was not having bad games but he kept grinding and when the team hit a run for the playoffs he showed up. Big players show up in big games.

Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?

•Respected. Because everywhere you go its oh that mason. Liked you’re the guy but no one takes you seriously. Respected everyone takes you seriously and only the ones who really mean something like you.

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

•Jason Pierre-Paul “Haitian Sensation”. It’s hard to relate to a lot of these guys because the majority of all the ones I know ended up doing drugs and other stuff that is just no good, and no one should be doing especially an assault on a woman, come on that’s just sad.  I relate to Jason the most because he didn’t do drugs or all that other stupid stuff to derail his career, he was just being dumb with fireworks. Basically, how I see it, he being a fun guy and got the worst possible scenario he could have rolled. I relate to that way more than that other stuff because that is not me. Having a good time with friends and family with fireworks, granted I don’t plan on blowing, basically, my hand off but that seems like a way better use of my time than being an idiot.

Do you love to win, or hate to lose?

• I hate to lose. That drives me to not lose. Winning is cool and I love it, yes but that feeling of winning is gone after the night. Then it’s on to the next game. Losing dwells on you and sucks but it does push you to work harder.

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

•My Mom. She is kick-ass and she doesn’t take shit and works till the job gets done. She was raised a farm girl and that instilled a work ethic.  You either get out of her way or you help me get it done attitude and I love that about her so I have tried to mirror it in my life.


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