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NFL Draft Diamonds Free Agent Interview: Marcus Sydnor, Wide Receiver

Marcus Sydnor, Wide Receiver
NFL Free Agent wide receiver Marcus Sydnor recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Justin Berendzen for this interview.

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 career football players. So I hope you all read this interview about Marcus and follow his journey on social media!

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

I was raised in a family of athletes. I played all the other sports as a kid, but my father and uncles all played football at big colleges like Penn State and Maryland. I grew up watching a lot of college and NFL football and wanted to be like some of those professional players.

2.What sets you apart from other wide receivers?

I think what separates me from other wide receivers is that I am versatile. I can play in the slot, play on the outside, go across the middle, and be used to run block if needed. I feel like I can be used and make plays in any receiver situation and not confined to just one spot on the field.

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

If I could hang out with any football player, I would probably choose Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers/Baltimore Ravens) because he is one of my favorite players to ever play football.  Steve Smith is one of the biggest competitors and has made multiple plays despite his size or speed and I believe I can learn a lot from how he played the game. I felt like I could relate to some of the things Steve Smith went through because he was doubted for his size and speed and many people did not think he had much potential in the beginning.

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

On the football field, I am not a “hype” guy and don’t like to cause a lot of attention. I like to keep it calm, focused, and in the zone. My energy comes from making plays and completing my assignments on the field to help my team win.

5.What is your typical training routine?

For my training routine, I wake up at 4:15am because I am a morning person and am fortunate enough to have a big facility (Spooky Nook Sports) that opens at 5am. The facility has turf fields, indoor track, indoor hills, and weight training section. I typically like to focus on conditioning like sprints on the field followed by field work a few times a week. On the other days, I will do weight training.

6.What are you hoping to achieve as a football player going forward?

Going forward, I am looking to play for a team and help them win a championship. I am hoping to perfect my craft/improve my skills and continue to the play at the highest level I can.

7.What is a moment that improved you as a football player?

The moment that improved me as a player was when one of college coaches told me to focus on the little things. When you focus on perfecting multiple little details of your game, they eventually build up and result to bigger outcomes.

8.What should we know about Marcus Sydnor the person?

I am a hardworking, ambitious, intrinsically motivated, always open to learning, and have a great knowledge of the game. I have a constant hunger to get better each day and help others improve themselves.

9.How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

My faith is very important in my life. My faith in God helped me through a lot of challenges in my life and on the field. God has helped me persevere through the obstacles in the life as well as learn from my mistakes. My faith has helped me have better insight on how I approach the game and how I handle certain challenges in my life.

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

A team would get from me a hardworking player who always wants to get better. I am open to learning and I am someone who wants to push my teammates to be the best version of themselves on and off the fields. I want to make a positive impact in the community and help other people follow their dreams despite their situation. 

11.Rank focus,footwork and skill. Based on what is most important to you as a football player?

Focus, skill, footwork. Focus is first because without focus your skill and footwork will not get to their full potential. I placed skill ahead of footwork because I believe footwork is apart of skill but there are other skills that as a receiver, we need to work on like tracking the football, creating separation, speed, and agility.

12.What do you love about the game of football?

What I love about the game of football is the lessons that can be learned from the game. The game teaches how to work hard and be a team player to win. Football allows me to stay dedicated and disciplined towards a goal. Football also teaches players how to overcome obstacles and establishes competitive skills. I love being around a group of people who have the same interest and are sacrificing so much for a common goal.


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