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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Tommy Larson, DL, Madonna University

Tommy Larson, DL, Madonna University
Tommy Larson the star defensive lineman from Madonna University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot
  • Name: Tommy Larson 
  • Position: Defensive End/ Edge
  • College: Michigan State University, Saginaw Valley State University, and Madonna University.
  • Height: 6’3
  • Weight: 250
  • Twitter: @tdot8697
  • Instagram: tommylarson624

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

What makes me a prospect is my ability to use speed and hands in the pass rush for my size. My ability to rush the passer and get home on 3rd down has always been a strong suit and something a lot of people like to talk about.

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

I was first interested in football when I was 4 years old. 

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

The one thing that NFL teams should know about me is that I am a hard working and relentless person who never gives up on anything, regardless of the circumstances.  

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

I would donate to children international to sponsor a child in need. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I have ever received is what my coach used to say to us during the season, “don’t give up before the miracle happens.” 

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero was my dad. 

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

The most underrated teammate in my locker room is Will Fennema. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet peeve is when people don’t use their potential and complain when things are difficult. 

Who is your favorite teacher ever?

My favorite teacher ever is Professor Lauria from Madonna University. 

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

The hardest moment in my life that I had to overcome was when I was deemed ineligible in the NCAA due to transferring. As a senior, I was forced to move my skills back to the NAIA. It was a very stressful time for me, for I thought my football career was over. I refused to give up and I transferred to Madonna University where I had my best season yet. It was a very difficult time in a lot of ways, but with guidance and my relentless work ethic, I took matters into my own hands and made great things happen. 

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

At Madonna University, we pray after every practice and before every game. This is special to me because my faith means a lot to me and I feel that it is such an important aspect in my life. It’s even more special to pray with all of your teammates. 

If you could have any franchise restaurant in your house what would it be?

If I could have any franchise restaurant in my house, it would be Dickey’s Barbecue Pit.

What is your favorite snack food? 

My favorite snack food is Blueberries. 

What is your degree in?

My degree is in Criminal Justice. 

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

I will never give up, and I will always give 100 percent in everything I do. 

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

I have had people tell me that my style of rushing the passer is like Nick Bosa, for my get off and speed to the quarterback is impressive.  

What is your favorite game to play at the carnival/theme park?

My favorite game to play at the carnival is the one where you throw baseballs at the bottles. It’s satisfying to see them break when you hit them. 

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

If I could have dinner with three people dead or alive it would be Mark Wahlberg, Maxx Crosby, and my grandfather who passed when my mom was 16. I pick these three people because they are people who seem so interesting that I have never met. I have heard great things about all three of these people and I would love to talk to them about life and their strategies towards success and happiness. 

Damond Talbot

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