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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Maxwell Nixon, LB, Western University

Maxwell Nixon the standout linebacker from Western University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
Maxwell Nixon the standout linebacker from Western University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Maxwell Nixon
  • Position: LB
  • College: Western University 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 225
  • Instagram: maxnix_31

What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft?

I believe what makes me a top draft prospect is my ability to play multiple positions at a very high and physical level.

At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?

I was first interested in football at the beginning of high school in grade 9, so about 14 years old 

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

One thing NFL teams should know about me is that I’m a versatile player as I’ve played almost every LB position and I’ve also played DB at Western. Lastly that I love to hit and be physical. 

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

If I could donate to one cause in the world it would have to be to the World Hunger Crisis.

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I’ve received would be to play every down like it’s my last because you never know when it could be. 

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero would have to be Miikka Kiprusoff as I was a hockey goalie for a large part of my childhood.

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

I think Brendan Murphy is the most underrated person in U Sports not just on our team. He’s an animal on the field and should have been an All-Canadian. There are so many plays that guy has made to help our team win games in 2021 and 2022 that to me it’s disrespectful that he didn’t get the recognition that he deserved. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve would probably be when something is supposed to work and it doesn’t.

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

As of right now I would have to say dressing every game in 2019 and then in 2021 being a week-to-week dress guy was difficult as I wasn’t used to that, but I was able to establish myself on special teams and dress for all the trophy games in 2021.

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

Western is special to me because of how close it is to home and my family and just all the memories I’ve created while I’ve been here. And lastly, I’d have to say the culture here is definitely special as the standard for athletics is so high, and how supportive the student body is to our teams.

What is your favorite snack food? 

My favorite snack would have to be mangos.

What is the best part of football? 

I think the best part about football is being able to hit people as hard as you want and not get in trouble. 

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

I’m a physical and high-paced player that will do anything to get the job done. 

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

If I had to compare myself to come one in the NFL I’d say Darius Leonard.

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

  1. I’d have to say Kobe Bryant just because of his mentality 
  2. Would have to be Napoleon or Alexander the Great as to me they are the greatest strategists ever and I’d like to pick their minds about certain things 
  3. Has to be David Goggins because I want to know what makes him want to be that “ruthless” everyday 

Damond Talbot

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