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2023 NFL Prospect Interview: Eleasah Anderson, OL, Western Michigan

Eleasah Anderson recently transferred to Western Michigan from Sam Houston State. Anderson brings experience and depth to a very young OL. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
Eleasah Anderson recently transferred to Western Michigan from Sam Houston State. Anderson brings experience and depth to a very young OL. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.

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?
Out of high school, I was a 3 star recruit and ended up going to Baylor. After 2 seasons there, I transferred to Sam Houston State. I just recently received my degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Mass Communications. I was also able to participate in the radio show at Sam Houston (90.5 KSHU). Additionally, I interned at college station news station. I cooperated with a community service project where I helped with a blood drive. I’ve also been a deacon at church. I’ve taken chapel as an elective, and I am often the player praying for our team.

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My teammates would highlight my ability to be a vocal leader. I’m not afraid to speak in front of a crowd. I am confident in my abilities as a communicator and how I am able to motivate others.

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
Whether it’s official or not, I’ve always seen myself in a leadership role. I was on the leadership council at Sam Houston. I am a versatile player. Most people project me to play inside at the next level. Yet, I have experience all along the offensive line. As far as scheme and skill set, I feel good about my ability as a run blocker. I’ve often been used as a pulling blocker who finishes the play.

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
Two guys that really stick out are BJ Thompson at SFA and Isaiah Chambers at McNeese State. Thompson uses his length very well, having a good speed rush and the ability to be fast off the edge. Chambers obviously sticks out being an All-American. He’s very good with his spin moves and uses his hands very well.

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
I’ve had a lot of great teammates in my career so far. Eric Schmidt was my QB at Sam Houston, and he impressed me every day with his grit and toughness. He would get up after being hit and come back and make great plays. Another player that impressed me was Jequez Ezzard. He came in as a transfer from Howard and made an immediate impact as a receiver and return specialist. He has great work ethic, and for a guy that wasn’t very outspoken, he let his game speak for itself. Jequez was also a very humble guy off the field who would give back to the community.

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
My biggest emotional struggle happened when my grandpa passed away my sophomore year in high school. I didn’t grow up with my biological father in my life, so he was the father figure for me. When he passed I was depressed and quit football for a short while. It was my friends and coaches that brought me back, telling me that I had something special to give on the field. By the time football came around my junior year, I was back on the field playing the game that I love.

I have been through a lot of adversity in life whether that be growing up in a 2-bedroom apartment with my mom and 4 siblings or having to prove doubters wrong about my talent. Through all that, God has been with me and helps keep me on the right path. I feel very blessed to be in the position that I am today.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Probably basketball. My parents grew up outside of the United States where soccer and basketball were popular. I am a first generation US born citizen. I’m a fan of the Houston Rockets in basketball and Barcelona in soccer.

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement?
I’m very proud that I am the first person in my family to obtain a college degree. That is easily my biggest individual achievement. As a football player, winning the National Title will always be special to me.

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
That last drive of the National Championship Game was one of my best moments. We went on a 16 play drive to score. There were only 16 seconds left in the game. I was able to block my man and give my QB just enough time to see the open receiver and deliver a touchdown.

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team? Is there a player that you model your game after?
Players like Jason Peters and Duane Brown are players that I would model my game after. Like me, they don’t have ideal height although they are two of the most respected players in the game at their position.

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
Before games, I usually listen to gospel music like Kirk Franklin. One of my favorite artists is Lecrae. His song “Blessings” is a good one.

What is your favorite comfort food?
Wings. I like making them myself.

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
The First 48 is one of my favorite TV shows. Eddie Murphy is my all-time favorite actor. One of the best movies that I recently watched is Spiderman: No Way Home. That might be my favorite movie.

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
I love cooking, bowling and playing video games. I also like reading my Bible. My favorite verse is 1 Corinthians 10:20.

Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
I play football for my family. They didn’t go to college nor get a degree. I’ve been able to break that family curse. My grandparents that have recently passed motivate me the most. I want to show people that you can make it in life despite your circumstances.

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