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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brian Adkins, DB, Central Missouri

Brian Adkins Central Missouri
Central Missouri defensive back Brian Adkins recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds.
  • Name: Brian Adkins
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • College: Central Missouri (transfer from UT Martin)
  • Height: 6′ 0″
  • Weight: 210 lbs 
  • Twitter: @Showtime_Nino

1.What are your favorite moments from your football life?

My all-time favorite moment from football would be a big game I had in high school in my senior year. I had a kick return touchdown, a pick 6, and a receiving touchdown. Another moment that I will never forget is when I got that phone call and received my first division one football offer from Eastern Illinois.

2. If your life was a tv show what would you call it and why?

If my life was a TV show I would say it would be All-American. The people around me have always had really high expectations for me on the football field but if I was to stop playing right now they’d still love and support me just as much, just like what happened to Spencer James in the show.

3.What is your mindset when you are on the football field?

My mindset on the football field is to be better than the person across from me. Both mentally we physically. & to leave it all out on the field because you never know when it’ll be your last snap.

4.If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

If I could hang out with any football player it would be Ed Reed. Ed was the greatest ballhawk of all time in my opinion, and when I’m on the field I try to be a ball hawk like he was. The number of turnovers he made throughout his career was crazy.

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5.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

My biggest challenge in life has been overcoming a lot of obstacles. Growing up I wasn’t as fortunate as others. When I started excelling in sports I dealt with a lot of hate and doubt. Taking all that hate/jealousy around me and using it as motivation. When I got to junior college I almost gave up, but I put the work in and had a very big season. I graduated JuCo after leading the nation in interceptions with 7 and kick return touchdowns with 2.

6.What do you do for fun?

In my free time, I like to play video games and I spend time with my dog. When I want to get out and get some fresh air I’ll take him to a dog park.

7.What is your favorite snack?


8.What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

In my first football game ever in fourth grade, I caught a Hail Mary and scored my first touchdown. I remember the field it was on and everything. I remember it like it was yesterday. From that point on I knew I wanted to be a football player.

9. If you could live anywhere in the world where and why?

LA. Once you get a house in the hills out in LA you know you’ve made it.

10. What would a team get in a player like you?

A hard worker, leader, someone who will go the extra mile for a teammate, on or off the field. I will do whatever my team needs me to do. Last but not least, a ballhawk.

11.What do you hope to accomplish if you make it into the NFL?

I want to be a pro bowler and win a super bowl.

12.What were your favorite things about playing for Tennessee Martin and what are your goals for playing with Central Missouri?

My favorite thing about playing at UT Martin was the brotherhood and the level of competition. I practiced against some serious talent. Jaylon Moore who just signed with Ravens and Terry Williams who is the best slot I’ve ever lined up against. My goal at Central Missouri is to bring home a national championship. They won conference last season but this year we’re coming for it all. I love the brotherhood here as well and the coaching staff is really well put together.

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