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2021 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Sal Sidebotham, LB, Walsh University

Sal Sidebotham Walsh
Sal Sidebotham is a gritty defender at Walsh University. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Sal Sidebotham
  • Height: 5’10”
  • Weight: 220 lbs
  • Position: LB
  • College: Walsh University
  • Instagram: @finesskid44

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?
My major is legal studies, with a minor in business management. I’m also currently a part of our business club. 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My teammates would most likely say that my best qualities are my competitiveness and work ethic. Whether it is practice, a game, or pick up basketball I am always going 110% and have always worked for everything I’ve been given.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I would say that the position or role that best suits me is the one I am currently in. Leading the defense at mike and calling the plays, making checks, and making sure everyone is doing what they are supposed to be doing.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Ashton Dulin(Malone)

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
Leo Crosby, getting to play alongside Leo for 4 years now has helped me grow as a player in so many different ways.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My mother died when I was 7 and for a long time my father supported our family on his own. Getting a scholarship to Walsh and getting to be the first one in my family to get a degree are both situations in which I faced struggle.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
If I didn’t play football I would play basketball. In high school I was a three time all area basketball player.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
Something that I am most proud of would be not only playing college football but getting to start and perform at a high level. My biggest achievement is proving so many people wrong.

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Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
One of my most memorable plays would have to be my first career interception.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
I like to model my game after Ray Lewis. He brought this energy and level of preparedness that I try and replicate with my game.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Lil Durk. It’s gotta be Lil Durk.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Fried chicken and Mac & cheese

Do you have a favorite movie or actor?
Adam Sandler 

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
Playing other sports like basketball and wrestling while also finding time to relax and take care of my body.

Who or what motivates you the most?
My family motivates me greatly. Having them with me, knowing they support my dreams and goals only makes me want to work harder.


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