It is rare to find cornerbacks with the size and speed combination of Boston College, CB, Donnie Fletcher. Fletcher has enjoyed a solid 4 year career with Boston College and earned a trip to the Senior Bowl this year. Find out more about Donnie Fletcher below in his Q/A with Scott Porter.
Scott Porter: You have an interesting background, would you share your story with us?
Donnie Fletcher: Yeah, not a lot of people know this but when I was the age of 1 through 8 I grew up in a foster home. I had 3 younger brothers and 3 older sisters. 2 of my brothers were adopted and I haven’t seen then since I was 8 years old. My mother got us back when we were 8 and then when I was 13 my mother passed away. I was homeless for awhile living home to home of friends and relatives until I moved in with my uncle when I was 14. That was really an eye opener for me as I started taking things real serious and that has kept me motivated to be where I am today.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Donnie Fletcher: I am a big corner who has long arms and am physical. I feel some of my strengths other than that include being a sure tackler and being that rare big cover corner. I have the size to match up with big WR’s and the footwork to match up against speed WR’s. I am a great competitor and I compete week in and week out.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Donnie Fletcher: The first year I want to get in there and learn the play book as quickly as possible. I want to contribute in anyway that I can and compete. I want to go in there and compete for a starting job and play on special teams. I want to work hard to be the best player I can be.
Scott Porter: What are you looking forward to the most about your opportunity in the NFL?
Donnie Fletcher: I am looking forward to the chance to play against all of these great WR’s that you hear about each week. This will be a dream come true for me. I had a rough child hood and being in this situation is a dream I have always had.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself?
Donnie Fletcher: Nnamdi Asomugha of the Eagles because he is a big cover corner who can press WR’s and he is not afraid to tackle. He is physical and has long arms.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Donnie Fletcher: I think one of my biggest accomplishments was being selected a team captain by my peers. Awards are nice and mean a lot, but I think being selected team captain by your teammates was an amazing honor. To know that your teammates think that highly of you is nice.
Scott Porter: What was your overall experience at Boston College like?
Donnie Fletcher: It was a great experience. I was able to get my degree and graduate at Boston College. Having the ability to play in a good conference like the ACC against some of the best football players in the nation was a great experience. I learned to work hard and learned that nothing was going to be given to me at Boston College. All guys from Boston College are hard workers who understand to get where you want to go it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. I was able to pick up those qualities and it helped me get to where I am today.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Donnie Fletcher: I started as a true Freshmen at Boston College and it was the only time I got scored on. The toughest player I faced was in the season which was North Carolina WR Hakeem Nicks. He was real good he just makes plays and now he is still doing it in the NFL.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Donnie Fletcher?
Donnie Fletcher: A guy with great character who is very hard working. I work hard for everything I get. When I make mistakes I make sure to correct it. I watch a lot of film so I am constantly in the film room getting better. I do everything I can to be a better player. Whatever gives me an advantage I am going to do it. I am a competitor day in and day out. I am giving 100% effort all the time on special teams and as a CB. I have a great passion for the game and I take things real serious. I am detailed and I will ask questions to be the best I can be. I will soak up as much information I can to be the player I want to be.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Donnie Fletcher: I am part of a fraternity known as Kappa Alpha Phi. We do a lot of charity events and that is something I enjoy doing. Other than that I like to hang out with friends, go to the movies and relax. I am very chill person. I don’t do anything crazy.
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