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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Marcus Reeb, QB, University of Minnesota-Morris

Marcus Reeb, QB, University of Minnesota-Morris
Marcus Reeb the stout gunslinger from the University of Minnesota-Morris recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds owner Damond Talbot.
  • Name: Marcus Reeb 
  • Position: Quarterback 
  • College: University of Minnesota-Morris 
  • Height: 6’0
  • Weight: 208 
  • Twitter: @marcusreeb4   
  • Instagram: @marcusreeb

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

I would say that I am extremely coachable, and someone who always puts team first. I am someone who picks up information quickly, can learn on the fly and enjoys doing it. I love seeking knowledge not only from my coaches or teammates, but anyone involved in the program. I am very passionate about the work that I put in for my teammates and I truly do love giving them and my coaches opportunities to succeed. 

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

I first became interested in football watching Brett Favre play at the age of 6. I played everything growing up as a kid from your four main sports (Football, Basketball, Baseball, Hockey) to Soccer, Snowboarding, Track, Tennis etc. Football was always my favorite but didn’t become the focus until I was 12. 

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

I work hard but I love harder. I’m relatable, and embrace people as if they were my own. I have been fortunate enough to travel growing up so I’m familiar with a lot of different cultures and would be able to make whomever that came through the locker room feel at home. Lastly, I am someone you can always rely on. 

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

World Hunger. I have had the privilege to volunteer for a few non-profit organizations. One of them being “feed my starving children”. It is incredible what you can accomplish if you sacrifice a few hours and a few dollars; and as a direct result end up feeding however many families. Sleep and Nutrition go hand in hand with giving a human being a fighting chance to make something of themselves in this world, those are the two base needs for any person. 

What is the best advice you have ever received? 

The best advice I’ve ever received was from a very close family friend; “keep your mind where your feet are.”

Who was your childhood hero? 

My childhood hero was a woman named Margaret Ernst. Although no longer with us, she was a second mother to me. Who she was as a person could light up any room or outshine and uplift anyone’s rainy day. She was an incredible woman who I had the privilege to cross paths with in my lifetime. 

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

The most underrated teammate in my locker room was one of our kick returners/starting DB Garret Elison. He was a four year starter for us and one of the toughest guys on our team. He wasn’t overly big or overly athletic, but always played with confidence and without any fear. 

What is your biggest pet peeve? 

My biggest pet-peeve is probably when people leave the light on in a room that they’re done in. 

Who is your favorite teacher ever?

9. My favorite teacher was my music teacher Salmon Cupid. He was a role-model for me growing up, an incredible teacher and an even better man. He made a positive impact on so many young kids’ lives including my own and continues to do so. We’ve always kept in touch. 

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

Growing up as the only black individual in my family. It was isolating at times. I’ve had to do a lot of self-exploration to be able to find out what it means to be a black man and although it is still a working progress, I’m proud of the progress I’ve made thus far. 

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

My school was the first place that believed in me and gave me a shot as a Quarterback and a leader in the community. It’s an intimate campus in western Minnesota with not a whole lot to do which made me even closer with my teammates, and those who lived in the community. The support for all of our college athletic programs was always overwhelming. There is no place quite like Morris, Minnesota. 

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

Phat Boy Sushi

What is your favorite snack food? 

Canadian Lays BBQ Chips

What is your degree in? 

Communications media rhetoric bachelor arts

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

A hard working, adaptable guy who is willing to do anything it takes to help his teammates and coaches win football games

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

Geno Smith

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

Skee-ball or Mini-golf

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

Bob Marley, Tupac Shakur, and Denzel Washington. Bob Marley because of what he stood for which was peace, tranquility, and he was truly a man of the people. Tupac because he is my favorite artist of all time and everything he accomplished before the age of 25. He is a pure example of an elite level of work ethic, fighting for what you believe in, and taking care of your family and friends. Denzel Washington because he is also the epitome of hard work, exceptional talent and a God fearing individual. A leader for the black communities (in particular Hollywood) and really all communities. The reason I chose these individuals is because for at least Bob Marley and Tupac, they didn’t do anything by “societies checklist.” The path I had to take to get to where I am is an unconventional one, and they were unconventional in all of their methods. They were loved, and hated for that. It’s what made them special and still have relevance in today’s world even though they’ve been gone for some time. I believe if I were to have lunch with all three of these individuals, I would learn a decent amount of invaluable information and life lessons. 

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