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2022 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tony Tate, WR, Western Illinois University

Tony Tate the elusive play-making wide receiver from Western Illinois University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Tony Tate
  • Position: WR/ATH
  • College: Western Illinois University
  • Height: 5’9”
  • Weight: 180 
  • Twitter: @TTate_
  • Instagram: @TurboTate

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

  • My ability to perform at a high level in multiple areas of the game.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
  • 3 years old.

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

  • I am a marketable asset in more ways than just being a player on the field.

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

  • Water Contamination/Pollution.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

  • Everything happens for a reason. Work hard & trust that what’s meant for you will be for you. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

  • My Dad

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

  • DB Mike Lawson
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What is your biggest pet peeve? 

  • When someone starts to tell you something but then says “never mind.”

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

  • Missing no games and competing at a high level while overcoming two hip surgeries.

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

  • WIU was the only school to offer me a full scholarship to play Division 1 football.

What is your favorite snack food? 

  • Donuts

What is the best part of football? 

  • The thrill of playing in front of a big crowd and the friendships you make.

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

  • I am the most versatile asset you will find in this draft, on and off the field.

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

  • Tavon Austin

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

  • Jesus, Harriet Tubman, and Elon Musk because I think I could learn a lot of valuable information from them.

Damond Talbot

NFL Draft Diamonds was created to assist the underdogs playing the sport. We call them diamonds in the rough. My name is Damond Talbot, I have worked extremely hard to help hundreds of small school players over the past several years, and will continue my mission. We have several contributors on this site, and if they contribute their name and contact will be in the piece above. You can email me at

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