Guest Contributor Joe Gaiter tool the time to interview Fort Valley State CB Dionte Dinkins.
Joe Gaiter: Who is Dionte Dinkins?
Dionte Dinkins: Intelligent young man from Macon, Ga. Family oriented and God fearing! Good looking and well dressed!
Joe Gaiter: Now what are your biggest strengths on the field?
Dionte Dinkins: My speed and Man to man coverage…put me on the best receiver and then X him out! I am very knowledgeable of receivers and their tendencies.
Joe Gaiter: How will you elevate yourself and your game to a NFL level?
Dionte Dinkins: By doing the small things and by working hard, observing and questioning other NFL athletes to see what they did to make it to the next level, asking scouts what they expect from me and working out every day in order to get better every day. I already have the intangibles and possess the mindset of an NFL player. I work hard, I protect my teammates, I play hard, I enjoy the game, I play sick or well, I give 100% to the game of football. My elevation will come in the form of becoming a teammate of some of the best football players in history with whom I will play hard and have fun, protect on and off the field, give the 100%, and make them proud of their investment. The NFL is not a league…it’s a mindset!
Joe Gaiter: What will you miss most about Fort Valley?
Dionte Dinkins: Awl man…My teammates! Great group of young men and even better athletes. Waking up to a text from Courtney Daniel. Asking if I’m going to the cafe, tricking Bop into taking me on campus, having $6 in change between me and Tim to eat with, joking around with Burks and listening to Ricardo Lockette’s amazing analogies! Or just cooling with C lo. We have a great president at The Fort Valley State University who has the student’s best interest in mind when making decisions and the same with the athletic department when it comes to the athletes. Last but certainly not least; beating Bostick, Jerel, and BA in Call of Duty! (Whistling)
Joe Gaiter: Who has been your biggest influence in your career?
Dionte Dinkins: Besides myself, my friends and family! Just the joy I see on their faces when my name is mentioned motivates me enough to work when no one else is and harder than everyone else. I have the mind set to be one of the few superstars in the league and that’s what I’m striving for.
Joe Gaiter: What’s the hardest thing about playing Cornerback?
Dionte Dinkins: The hardest thing about being a CB is you will be seen every play. Whether I’m making a play, a play being made on me, whether I’m running to the ball, or loafing…I will always be seen. And just the nervousness I have before every game.
Joe Gaiter: What is your motivation on the field?
Dionte Dinkins: My motivation on the field is for everyone to know that I am the best athlete on the field! Whether they are in the stands, at home, or watching film on me. I want them to wonder why I’m not a first round guy. I want to be the best cornerback PERIOD!!!
Joe Gaiter: How will you elevate your style of playing for the NFL?
Dionte Dinkins: A player can suffer from a mental injury just as a physical injury. So I will always play with a short memory.
2. I am only as good as the effort I put forth right now! So I evaluate the past to prepare for the future. Watching film, practicing technique of footwork, striping drills, reading a player, and battle reading(knowing down and distance, route run on certain downs and key personnel indications)
3. Off the field I must live now for tomorrow is not promised
4. Living to does not mean not be prepared for tomorrow!