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NFL Draft Diamonds Free Agent Interview: Eddie Zinn-Turner, Defensive Lineman

Eddie Zinn-Turner Free Agent Interview
Eddie Zinn-Turner the strong defensive lineman recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen.

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, CFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview and follow Isaiah’s journey on Twitter @EddieZinnTurner

1.What sets you apart from other defensive linemen?

I’m a lot more athletic then most 315 pound guys, as a former HS running back I can bend and do things other DTs my size can’t.

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

I feel like a gladiator in a way. Once I put the helmet on it brings out something in me that’s hard to describe. It’s a controlled rage and aggression I’ve built up. All I can think about it’s dominating.

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

My father was a coach for a youth team when I was 4-5 years old, he gave me pads and a helmet and let me practice with the team and get roughed around a bit. I fell in love this the action and been in love with game every since.

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

Aaron Donald, I would like to watch some film and pick his brain about some things.

5.What is your favorite workout?

Any combination of DL drills that translate to the game.

6.What do you think are the keys to success on the football field?

Being a student if the game, watching film looking for opportunities to exploit offense weak tendencies.  Also taking care of your body rehabilitation and mobility.

7.What is one moment in your football career that you think helped improve you as a football player?

First coming into college, previously never really having much competition I was forced to up my game to compete with other grown men. It challenged me to get stronger in the weight room and improve my game overall.

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

I hope to end up in the hall of fame some day.

9.What is a skill that you have that you think translates to the NFL well?

My ability to use my hands to engage and shed blocks.

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

A hardworking self motivated loyal teammate. A professional on and off the field.

11.What has been your biggest challenge in life?

Overcoming poverty and homelessness with my younger brother. My father was sentenced to 12 years in a federal prison when I was 8 years old and my mother wasn’t able to take care of us so we ended up living with different family members and friends. Through that process my brother and I were forced to overcome a lot of strenuous situations as children and into my young adult life.

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

Energy of a hungry dog that’s been starved and the ball is food.

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