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NFL Draft Diamonds Free Agent Interview: Tommy Auger, Tight End

Tommy Auger the free agent tight end prospect is hoping to latch on to an NFL team. Check out this latest Free Agent Interview.
Tommy Auger the free agent tight end prospect is hoping to latch on to an NFL team. Check out this latest Free Agent 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, USFL, and XFL teams and get a shot at being a career football player. So I hope you all read this interview and make sure you follow Tommy on his journey through his social media.

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

It was always my favorite sport to watch growing up and I love the physicality of the sport. Also my family is a big football family, my dad played in college and now coaches football and my mom was an athletic trainer when I was growing up so I was always around the football field my whole life.

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

I would love to hang out with George Kittle, he seems like an awesome guy from what I have seen on TV and interviews and I would love to talk football with him. I would try to learn all the intricate details of what he does every play that makes him one of the best tight ends to ever play the game.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

Both my mom and my dad. They have taught me how to be a good man and have always been supportive in every way. I look up to them and try to make them proud through my work ethic and actions every day.

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

I definitely bring a positive energy to the field. I am always trying to motivate my teammates and get us all on the same page so we work well together. I think it is important to pick my brothers up when they are in their own head or messing up because football is such a team sport and you need all 11 guys doing their job to be a successful team.

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

I don’t think there is one moment that sticks out because I think that I improve as a football player everyday. I think about ways to get better constantly. I train throughout the day to try to improve as a football player every moment of the day. I think that I am constantly improving as a football player and will continue to do so.

What should we know about Tommy Auger the person?

That when I set my mind to something I become obsessed and I have set my mind to football.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

I would like to play the game at the highest level. I believe that I have the skills and the work ethic to do it. I think that if I can get into a camp somewhere I would be able to stick because the best part of my game is the on-field in-game skills. At each level I have played at, I have proved to be at the top of my position (All-State, All-American, All-Pro) and these on-field skills are what has helped me to have that success. I believe that once again I would prove I can play and excel at any level.

What is your favorite route and why?

I like running a basic/dig because I can get in and out of breaks quickly and once you catch it in the middle of the field you have a chance to turn it into a big play.

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

I handle challenges by facing them head on. Challenges and problems don’t go away by avoiding them so I try to face them head on, find a solution and work through it.

What would a team get in a player like you?

They would get a player who is going to work his tail off everyday at practice, at games, in the weight room and in the film room. Someone who is completely committed to the grind and willing to do whatever it takes to help my team win. They would also get another leader on the field, I not only know my responsibilities but I understand the whole play concept and can help be another leader and coach on the field.

What is your typical training routine?

This is another area that I believe I seperate myself from the competition. On a normal week, I lift weights 7 days a week (rotating between push, pull, legs), I run hill sprints 7 days a week, I go through my stretching routine 3 times each day, I run on the treadmill 7 days a week, I catch 100 footballs every day, I do abs 7 days a week, I jump rope 7 days a week, I do on-field training with GameFace Training 4 days a week and do on-field positional work on my own the other 3 days. I have all of this, every set and rep, tracked in a notebook going back months and months. I also do mental preparation for focus once in the morning and once at night every day, which is a program Coach Art Berlanga set me up on. I also track all of my calories and hit a nutritional goal everyday and track my water intake for the day. I do each of these activities with focus, purpose and intensity. I work as hard as I can so that every night I can go to bed and tell myself that I outworked everyone today.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

I would say probably Sam Westby, who was a cornerback from college. He was absolutely shutdown for multiple years and I didn’t think he got all of the recognition he deserved!

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