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NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Spencer Cuvelier, LB, University of Northern Iowa

Spencer Cuvelier the hard hitting linebacker from the Northern Iowa recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Spencer Cuvelier
  • Position: Linebacker
  • College: University of Northern Iowa 
  • Height: 6’3”
  • Weight: 238lbs
  • Twitter: @Spencer_Cuvy 
  • Instagram: @spencer_cuvy

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2022 NFL Draft?

  • Refusing to be outworked and letting the chips fall where they may, the only reason I’m on the radar is that someone puts me there. I have an understanding of defensive schemes and football instinct, and ultimately I have a true passion/love for the game.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

  • Football has been something I’ve been interested in for as long as I remember, growing up with an older brother and a father who had a passion for the game. I used to play ESPN Football 2k4 with Warren Sapp on the cover. I was about 6 or 7 years old when we were watching the Packers on a Sunday afternoon and had questioned their offensive play calling based on what I knew from playing the video game. It was probably a ridiculous suggestion as any kid may have said but that was when my dad knew I was interested in football, and so did I.

What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?

  • My biggest worry as a football player is being the best teammate I can be.

If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?

  • This may sound cliche, but if I could donate and stop one thing, it would be world hunger. I believe anybody can achieve anything if they are properly nourished, and that gives our society the greatest chance to be successful collectively and have greater human advancements.

What is the best advice you have ever received?

  • The greatest advice I have ever received is that everything you do, you should have in the back of your mind that you’re doing it for somebody else. It will allow you to push yourself harder and further than if you were to only do something for yourself.

Who was your childhood hero?

  • My childhood and current hero is Pat Tillman.

Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?

  • The most underrated teammate I have here at UNI is Jared Brinkman, although he gets some national attention, he deserves tenfold of what he currently gets. Other underrated teammates would be our athletic training staff, videographers who consistently show up to practice, and those who help breakdown / organize film extensively throughout the season.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

  • My biggest pet peeve is laziness. Coming from a junior college, just seeing all of the wasted talents due to lack of motivation is frustrating beyond measure. I have never been the most talented guy in the locker room, but that I lack in talent I make up for in work ethic.

Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?

  • The hardest moment in my life that I have had to overcome was tearing my ACL in my very first collegiate game at the junior college level. Although it was incredibly difficult at the time, it allowed me to take a step back and fall in love with the game and be able to understand what was expected of players. Being able to sit through meetings, learn from others’ mistakes, and digest what was being said was a huge advantage early in my college career.

Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?

  • The reason the University of Northern Iowa is so special to me is that I genuinely feel we are closer than not only most college football teammates but closer in an administration aspect. The administration (coaches, advisors, athletic director) treats us like family. Additionally, the players’ parents are a tight-knit group of people who are always tailgating together but even hang out with each other outside of football (eg: my parents go on vacation with my teammate’s parents without us).

What is your favorite snack food?

  • My favorite snack is a little unorthodox, I take about a cup full of oats, break up a fiber one bar and granola bar into pieces, add yogurt, a few spoonfuls of peanut butter, and some milk, put it all in a bowl, warm it up in a microwave for about 40 seconds, stir it all together and bone apatite.

What is the best part of football?

  • There are hundreds of “best parts of football”, but to name a few, being a part of a lifelong brotherhood with teammates you go to work with day in and day out all trying to accomplish the same goal.

If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?

  • I cannot be outworked because I refuse to put in less effort than the next guy.

If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?

  • Zach Thomas

If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?

  1. Joe Rogan – due to his mindset, wisdom, and ability to talk to people/ability to understand and process difficult situations. To learn how he continuously defeats his “inner bitch”.
  2. Pat Tillman – to meet a true American patriot, to understand how he could give up what he had worked for his entire life to defend the country he loved. The greatest example of sacrifice is known to man.
  3. Tom Brady – he has never been the most athletic guy in the locker room or the greatest at something specific (speed, strength, etc.), but for the simple fact that he wins over and over and over again. He is a winner, coming from almost not being drafted to being possibly the greatest football player to ever walk this planet.


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