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2023 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Shaheem Haltiwanger, DE, Towson

Shaheem Haltiwanger is a fierce competitor who played for both Towson University and South Carolina State. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
Shaheem Haltiwanger is a fierce competitor who played for both Towson University and South Carolina State. He recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds writer Jimmy Williams.
  • Name: Shaheem Haltiwanger
  • Height: 6’2”
  • Weight: 270 lbs.
  • Position: DE
  • College: Towson University/South Carolina State University
  • Twitter: _shaheemh
  • Instagram: __heem1k

Talk about your experience as a student.
My first year of college was great. Then my next couple of years been a little slow. Until my junior year and everything went back to being good.

What is your major/minor?
Sports Management

Did you participate in any other activities or campus organizations other than football?
No, not really. I really just been focusing on school and football 

What do your teammates say is your best quality?
My IQ for the game and my competitiveness. 

What kind of role do you see yourself in on the team? What scheme and/or position suits your skill set?
I see my role as a player who learn from the guys who’s already there. The ins and outs. Competing for a starting spot anywhere. Defense or Special Teams. Also, I see myself as a teammate that’s going to lead by example because I believe actions are better than words. I feel like I can fit any scheme from a 3-4 Defensive End to 4-3 Defensive End to even an EDGE player. 

Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
James Houston or Lyn J Dixon

Which one of your teammates impresses you the most?
All of them 

Describe a time in your life when you were able to overcome a struggle.
Getting kicked off my high school football team in 9th grade. After that, I changed the way I look at things and it made me a better person every since.

If you didn’t play football, what other sport would you play?
Probably Basketball or Baseball. I played basketball in high school and baseball was the first sport I played 

What is something that you are most proud of? What would you say is your biggest achievement so far?
Being a part of a team that won the first HBCU championship in school history. Being able to leave school with 3 rings. 

Describe one of the most memorable plays of your collegiate career.
My first collegiate breakout game. I had 7 tackles 3 TFLs 1.5 sacks. 

Do you have a favorite athlete or professional team?
My favorite professional team in the NFL is the Ravens.

Is there a player that you model your game after?
Not really, I kind of watch film on everyone and try to take a piece of the game and add it to my game. 

Who is your favorite music artist? What gets you pumped before a game?
I listen to a lot of Lil Baby, Kodak Black, NoCap, Rylo, Young Thug, Future, Gunna, NBA Youngboy. I pretty much listen to them before every game. 

What is your favorite comfort food?
Burgers and fries 

Do you have a favorite movie, TV show or actor?
My favorite TV show is probably either Power, The Wire, or Snowfall

What do you do in your spare time? Do you have any hobbies? Any secret talents?
In my spare time I play pickup basketball with my friends, play video games, or drawing.
Why do you play football? Who or what motivates you the most?
Football became a way of life because without this I wouldn’t went to college or met so many great friends and successful people. What motivates me is the people that never thought I would be successful with this sport.


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