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2024 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Justin Strong, RB, Southern Illinois University

Justin Strong, RB, Southern Illinois University
Justin Strong the speedy and elusive running back from Southern Illinois University recently sat down with NFL Draft Diamonds scout Justin Berendzen.
  • Name: Justin Strong
  • Position: RB
  • College: Southern Illinois University
  • Height: 6’0”
  • Weight: 209 lbs
  • X (Twitter): @justinstrong
  • Instagram: @jay_strong6

What made you decide you wanted to be a football player?

Ever since I stepped foot on the field, it has truly become an outlet for me. My dad once told me I could help my family by playing the football and that’s when I knew it was more than a game.

What are your favorite moments from your football life?

One of my favorite moments early on was winning the championship in little league. Another favorite moment was going to state in high school. During my college career, when we got the bid to get into the playoffs on selection day was another great feeling.

What are you looking to achieve as a football player going forward?

My goal is to be on a team full of athletes that strive to win Super Bowls. Achievement to me is giving back to the world and put smiles on peoples faces.

If you could hang out with any football player past or present for a day who and why?

I would choose Marshall Faulk. I would want to know what kind of mindset it took to win the Super Bowl and what it meant to play it in St. Louis.

Which one of your family members inspires you the most and why?

My mom’s unwavering dedication to provide for my family and raise my siblings and I despite the setbacks she had to face will always inspire me.

What is your favorite offensive scheme and why?

It would have to be a tie between spread option offense and air raid because it always allows me to get out in space and run routes or run down the middle.

What should we know about Justin Strong the person?

Most people should know that although I’m someone who has dealt with hardship and adversity, rather than just getting through it, I use it to drive me even further in life.

What stands out about your film the most?

My film shows that I am a dynamic player. I can be used in the run game, pass game for blocks, run routes and can make play on special teams.

How do you handle challenges both in life and on the football field?

I just take it one step at a time. No matter what’s going on around you take the step forward.

What would a team get in a player like you?

I am a competitive player that wants to win and wants to encourage my teammates to do the same. I am someone who leaves everything at the door and I come to play with a positive attitude.

What do you love the most about the game of football?

I love the feeling I get playing football knowing it has such a positive impact on the world being something that brings people together every week.

Who is the most underrated player you’ve played with and why?

I would say C.J. Coldon because he’s a freak athlete on the field and brings a great mentality to the game.


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