- Name: George Una
- Position: Offensive Guard/ Centre
- College: The University of Windsor
- Height: 6’3
- Weight: 305
- Instagram: @71._gu
What makes you a top prospect at your position in the 2024 NFL Draft?
I think the timing of everything has aligned quite well for me. From the major injuries early on, in addition to being overshadowed by a losing program. To now in my draft year as a well-respected 1st team all OUA guard, and also played a pivotal role in turning the program around to a top 4 team in the conference. I think this all speaks to my development as an athlete and my readiness to take the step to the next level.
At what age were you first interested in the sport of football?
I wasn’t interested in football until about my grade 7 year of elementary school when I saw some helmets and pads lying on my cousin’s closet floor one summer.
What is one thing that NFL teams should know about you?
I think teams should know that although I might come across as quiet, I am a very attentive listener who only needs to be told things once.
If you could donate to one cause in the world, what would it be?
I would donate to any starvation or hunger cause in Africa. A lot of famine issues are caused by environmental factors beyond anyone’s control, yet many innocent people and kids suffer. For that reason, this would certainly be a cause I would donate to.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
“Control what you can control” was the greatest piece of advice I received that I still turn back to often. I tend to stress about many things that are often out of my control. This piece of advice is a great reminder to regain focus and control what I can control to the best of my ability to achieve the desired results.
Who was your childhood hero?
My childhood hero would be my mom. She was a single mother to three kids and worked endless nights to support each one of our dreams and aspirations. Being grown now, and having a better understanding of how extremely hard she worked to provide for us simply amplifies her hero status in my eyes much more.
Who is the most underrated teammate in your locker room at your school?
I think one of my most underrated teammates would be Melyk George. I say this because I think he often gets lost in the cracks of our newly established all-star defensive line, but Melyk is certainly a DL who will make shockwaves this coming season. Has all the tools to do so and has shown many flashes of it this past season.
What is your biggest pet peeve?
I dislike feet. My biggest pet peeve would be feet touching me.
Overcoming adversity is what defines character, what was the hardest moment in your life to overcome?
The hardest moment for me would be my ACL surgery. In addition to tearing my ACL, there was also significant damage to the other surrounding ligaments which prevented me from walking for a significant time before and after the surgery. Despite the many painful moments during the rehab and recovery process, I knew a lot of teammates were expecting me to come back and more importantly I owed it to myself to make that recovery and return to the game I love. Rehab was a tough process, but also a time I always reflect on for being able to overcome what was such a daunting challenge.
Tell me something about your school and why it is so special to you?
The University of Windsor is so special to me because they were the only school to ever give me a chance. I was very underrecruited coming out of high school, but Windsor gave me the opportunity of a lifetime. I was able to use this opportunity and build a strong foundation for my life with football, a great education, and a lifelong alumni community.
What is your favorite snack food?
Welches fruit snacks.
What is the best part of football?
The best part of the game I think most players would agree on is the physicality. There aren’t many sports in this world where you get to line up against another man and essentially smash heads and physically assault one another in various ways for about 3 hours.
If you could sell yourself in one sentence what would you say?
George is a young man with all the tools needed to succeed and is ready to serve in multiple avenues.
If you could compare your play to one player in the NFL who would it be?
I would compare myself to Trey Smith on the Chiefs. Mean in the run game, but even more tenacious in his pass sets as well.
If you could have dinner with three people dead or alive, who would it be and why?
First would be the head engineer behind the pyramids of Egypt. The creation process and structures always fascinated me. I’d love to have Dinner with Trent Williams just to pick his mind on football and absorb so much experienced information. Lastly, would be Rodger Godell to debate his reasonings behind a few bizarre rules and regulations around the league.