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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Jared Zieman, LB, Becker College

Jared Zieman
Becker College linebacker Jared Zieman plays with a mean streak. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot. (Photo Credit: Brian Foley)
  • 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. 

Damond Talbot

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