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Draft Diamonds Free Agent Interview: Adonis Phillips, Defensive Back

Adonis Phillips
Adonis Phillips is a solid player who recently sat down with Justin Berendzen of NFL Draft Diamonds.

Hello, I am @jrberendzen on Twitter and this is one of my free agent interviews where I ask very deserving free agents questions about the players themselves and about what a team would get in these players. All of these players should get picked up by NFL and CFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview of Adonis and follow his journey on Twitter @150don_

1.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

My biggest challenge has been balancing life responsibilities with pursuing my passion. I had a child early in high school so I learned fast that family responsibilities require a full time commitment but sacrifice and persistence have always kept me in a position to chase my dream and do what I love. 

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

If my life was a TV show it would be called “Back to the drawing board” because there’s been so many times where I had a plan, saw it through to the end and it didn’t work out so it was back to the drawing board. You can’t make a shot you don’t take, but if you miss you have to be ready to regroup and come back. 

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

Clear minded and talkative is how I like to be on the field. I learned that there no such thing as over communication on the field so I try to talk as much as I can pre-snap. In between plays I try to give and get as much feed back as I can to make sure we’re all on the same page.   

4.Rank focus,footwork and skill based on what is most important to you as a football player and explain why?

I would say focus first because without being able to fully lock in and do his job a player can’t ever reach their full potential. Footwork second because I’ve played all over the field from Quarterback to Wide Out to Defensive Back and elite footwork and rhythm is always key. I would say skill third because new skills can be acquired throughout a players career to adjust and elevate their game.

5.What is your favorite stadium that you have played in?

A packed Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. 

6.What do you hope to achieve as a football player going forward?

I hope to get the opportunity to sign for a professional team in the near future and help a team win a championship. I have the talent, skill and work ethic. I just need the opportunity. 

7.What is your favorite workout?

I would say power cleans because it truly tests your strength and athleticism in pretty much all areas. 

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

All I have wanted to be since I was 4 years old is to be a professional football player. Some of my earliest memories are of me and my grandfather watching football every Saturday and Sunday afternoon no matter who was on, and just for the love of the game. I’ve always been pushed by my family to be exactly what I want to be in life and to work at it relentlessly. That support always made it easy growing up to chase the dream.

9.What type of energy do you bring onto the football field?

I’m always bringing a talkative, communicative, trash talking, highly aware energy to the field. I feel like being on the field talking to everyone and making sure my voice is heard keeps me fully locked into the game but it keeps the game fun as well. 

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

They would get a guy who’s ready to come in day 1 and compete for a position. My football IQ is very high and I’m truly a student of the game so learning a system and taking that knowledge to the field won’t be an issue for a player like me. I feel like athletically and technique wise I’m becoming more and more polished and I already have the my mindset of a professional so I’m definitely ready for all of the parts that come along with being a professional football player outside the lines. 

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

I would definitely want to kick it with Randy Moss even til this day. When I am hanging out with people I love having energy around me. That man’s energy is infectious and it just gets you hyped and in a positive mood. 

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

Honestly my favorite moments were times spent with my teammates who were like brothers to me. The stuff on the field was great but it was the stuff off the field that I always think back on. The love and bonds that you make with the guys in locker room change you for life.

Damond Talbot

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