Find out more in Scott Porter’s interview with Rutgers, OL, Desmond Wynn, as he talks about what Eric LeGrand has meant to the teams and his upcoming goals.
Scott Porter: While at Rutgers one of your close friends Eric LeGrand suffered a bad injury that nobody will ever forget. How has the experience of having Eric by your side helped you and what has he meant to the program since then?
Desmond Wynn: Before the injury Eric was one of those guys who worked very hard day in and day out. Watching him made you open your eyes to what hard work can do and what it takes to become a good player. After his injury losing him really messed us all up in the head for awhile. It was hard to understand and comprehend. It was just a stunning time for us all. We have fed off Eric. We see how hard Eric fights to walk again, we see what hard work he has gone through and has ahead of him. Every single one of us uses Eric as an inspiration. He would do anything to play again. When we are whining that we are sore or suffering pain and we find a reason to complain all we have to do is remember Eric. Eric would do anything to feel the pain we feel again. Eric can’t feel anything and we always remember what a guy like him would do just to have that feeling back. Eric has kept us positive and motivated. He has been a major help to me as I go forward. He has showed us what hard work is and the challenges we have to face. We all believe that Eric will walk again. He has been very positive throughout this and I can’t wait for the day Eric LeGrand walks again.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Desmond Wynn: I have a major chip on my shoulder. I play tough. Coming from Delaware peole told me I would never make it. They didn’t think I would make it at the college level or the NFL level, so proving them wrong is something I have built off of and I have that motivation of never forgetting that stuff. I play with an attitude and have that physical mentality that is needed.
Scott Porter: Who is the toughest player you have ever faced?
Desmond Wynn: Tydreke Powell the DT from North Carolina. He is an amazing player who is very tough to block.
Scott Porter: What type of person is an NFL team getting in Desmond Wynn?
Desmond Wynn: Someone who can be counted on. If you asked people at Rutgers they would tell you I work hard daily. I play at a high level every play. It doesn’t matter the play or situation, the scoreboard no matter what it is I play hard. I come to work every day and ever play. You don’t have to worry about getting me motivated.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest accomplishments?
Desmond Wynn: First accomplishment is playing after I was told I would never play at Rutgers. I got the last laugh from those who doubted me on that. After that winning our bowl game and competing well in the Big East. We went to New York this year and beat Iowa State in the Pinstripe bowl which was a big feat for our program. It was the last game for Coach Schiano. We as Senior went out on a high note. With Eric getting hurt it was really a big moment for us, the players and the coaches and all of the fans.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Desmond Wynn: I love fishing. I am a fishing man. It is my thing. I got my first pole when I was 4 years old. Back then there was no internet so I would go to the library and get books and magazines on fishing to learn more about it. Every Saturday morning I would fish when I could. I would watch as many fishing shows as possible. I learned more as I got older and it is my #1 hobby. I could fish for hours.
Scott Porter: Is there a player in the NFL that reminds you of yourself?
Desmond Wynn: I would say my former teammate at Rutgers Jeremy Zuttah, who now plays for the Buccaneers. He is real tough and plays hard. He is very strong and physical. When he comes back I talk to him and learn a lot from him. He gives me tips on what works and what doesn’t. I model my game after him.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Desmond Wynn: Making a 53 man roster. Getting drafted would be nice. Getting drafted doesn’t mean anything if I am not on a roster, it is what I do when I get there. I want to make a team and help someone win and then go from there.
Scott Porter: What was your overall experience at Rutgers like?
Desmond Wynn: I realized that I arrived to Rutgers as a little boy and I left a man. Coach started teaching me and I took off from there. Thanks to my coaches I left the program a man. I got hurt as a Freshman and it was tough on me, but it made me work harder and I turned it around. I started playing more and things started coming together for me. I left driven and motivated and what I have learned I can take with me from here.