2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jared Zieman, LB, Becker College
- Name: Jared Zieman
- Height: 6’4
- Weight: 215
- Position: Linebacker
- College: Becker College
- Twitter: @jared_zieman
What is the best restaurant in your hometown city?
• Famous Pizza
When breaking down your film what will stick out?
• The first thing you will see is my motor. I never take a playoff and go hard to every whistle. I am extremely physical in the box and quick from sideline to sideline.
If you won the lotto, what is the first thing you would do with the money?
• Firstly, I would pay off any student loan debt that I had and would help support my family and close friends.
What has been your biggest failure?
• My biggest failure is that I have never won a championship in high school or college. It has been a goal of mine since I was young. I still have a season to accomplish my goal and have been working extremely hard to do so.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
• My teammates would say that my passion for the game and work ethic is my best quality. They would also mention my football IQ and how I do a great job of applying my knowledge in the film room to the field.
Who is the hardest working teammate on your team?
• I love all of my teammates and they are all extremely hardworking players. If I had to choose one specifically it would be fellow linebacker Taizon Barrett. He’s an extremely hard worker and has great footwork.
Have you ever had a nickname? What is it?
• Since I was a kid I have been called my last name or “Z”. I don’t think I have ever had another nickname.
What is your degree in, if you do not make it as a football player, what is your dream job?
• I am majoring in business with a concentration in sports management. Being able to work with professional athletes as an agent or a coach would be a dream job of mine.
What is your coolest life moment?
• Being named captain of my high school and college team.
What song would you sing at Karaoke night?
• Take Me Home, Country Roads- John Denver
If you could pick any actor to play you in a movie, who are you picking?
• John Cena
Who is your favorite football team?
• Notre Dame Fighting Irish
If you had a warning label, what would yours say?
• Warning, very competitive
What is your biggest fear?
• Failure/letting my friends and family down
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Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?
• Darius Leonard
Take us through game day, How do you prepare?
• I start off by going to team breakfast. Then we have a team walkthrough where we go through our gameday schemes. After that, I head to the locker room where I watch film and listen to music to get focused.
Do you have any hobbies?
• Outside of football and weightlifting, I love to be outdoors. Fishing is probably my biggest hobby. Whenever I have some free time I also like to play video games.
If you had to compare yourself to someone in the NFL, who would that be?
• I like to compare myself to Jaylon Smith of the Dallas Cowboys. I feel that we have very similar play styles and can use our athletic ability to make plays.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
• Definitely my parents. My dad has always pushed me to work hard since I was a little kid and I am definitely a better football player and man because of it. I always work to exceed expectations and set an example for the people around me.
What motivates you to work hard?
• I just want to be successful. I mentioned earlier that it is a goal of mine to win a championship and I am willing to do whatever it takes to help my team win games.