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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: A’Javius Brown, DT, Central Arkansas

A'Javius Brown
A’Javius Brown is a physical beast on Central Arkansas’s defensive line. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: A’Javius Brown
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 320 lbs
  • Position: DT
  • College: University of Central Arkansas
  • Twitter: @macdadddyfat
  • Instagram: @fat_gotti

Talk about your experience as a student. What is your major/minor? Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
I’m a fourth Applied Science Pre-Dental Major. Attending the University of Central Arkansas was by far one of the best life decisions I could’ve ever made. I say lifetime because this institution has invested so much in me from both an academic and athletic standpoint. It’s truly a privilege to be a student-athlete at the University of Central Arkansas. While at UCA I’ve been a part of UCA’s Pre-Dental Society, Project, the Minority Mentorship Program, Merit Fellow Scholar, Read Yo Succeed Program, and Operation Christmas Child.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
According to my teammates, my best quality would be energy, juice, and being the team comedian.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I see my role on the team as a leader, motivator, and follower. Nose Guard definitely fits me perfectly, ever since I’ve started playing football. I’ve literally played that position and it’s literally all I know. I’ve played a little 4-technique but you have to be a dog to play that nose position.

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

Dalton Risner, former OL at Kansas state, now plays for Denver Broncos.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
The teammate that impresses me the most would definitely be T. Huddy. The kid is literally the rawest receiver I’ve ever played with/against. His persona and entire demeanor is so laid back and humble. He’s a solid dude.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
The biggest struggle I’ve ever had to overcome was going D-1 straight out of high school. It was a major adjustment because I moved 300+ miles away from home as an 18-year old kid. I had no idea what I signed up for. However, I knew I came to college to earn my degree and play football, and that’s what allowed me to overcome that obstacle.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
If I didn’t play football, I would probably play rugby. Rugby just seems so aggressive and fun. I love sports that involve knocking the lights out of people and getting back up and doing it again.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m most proud of my resilience. I didn’t come from the worst socioeconomic status but I also didn’t come from the best. My mom made certain we never went without, and I’m so appreciative of that. My resilience is what got me to this point in my life. It allowed me to not partake in things and involve myself in activities I had no business doing. My biggest achievement to date would be being named a Pre-Season 2nd Team All-Conference Player.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
The most memorable play of my collegiate career would be the sack I got during the final drive at Western Kentucky. That sack sealed our victory.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Growing up I was always a big Philadelphia Eagles fan. However, as I got older I gained a love for the Dallas Cowboys, it’s something about them being America’s team that makes me excited. Hopefully, my mom doesn’t see this because she’s a huge Cowboys fan, and this would be her first time hearing this.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
My favorite artist is none other than Kevin Gates. The dude is so dope and musically inclined. My favorite song to be played before a game would be Kevin Gates-100nit Gang.

What is your favorite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is hot wings. I love a good 10-piece, double fries, no coleslaw, and add extra ranch.

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?
All-time favorite movie would be Coach Carter. The movie provides its audience with so much insight on the lives of poor inner-city kids and a struggling high school. I saw so much of myself and my background in a lot of those guys.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time, I’m usually trying new food, hiking, reading, or studying. I live a pretty boring lifestyle, my friends would beg to differ but I love it and I’m okay with it. I’m extremely flexible for my size, I will say that.

Who or what motivates you the most?
My mom is my motivation. She saw my own father get shot and killed while pregnant with me and still managed to raise three strong, talented, and educated young black men. I don’t know anyone like her. She’s a strong woman. That’s forever my motivation.


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