See as Marvin Burdette answers questions below.
Scott Porter: What are your goals for the NFL?
Marvin Burdette: I know everybody’s goal is to be great and mine is no different. But I have a lot of goals on top of that. My team is to help a team in anyway that I can. I want to start as soon as possible but whatever it takes to help a team win. I want to start early on. I have never watched from behind. I have started my entire career. I want to go in playing the game I love and end up very successful by the time it is all over.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest strengths?
Marvin Burdette: I’d say first and foremost my ability to understand the game. I can predict what other teams will do very well. I have great instincts and I move from sideline to sideline well. I am on quick on my feet and I am great at reading and reacting.
Scott Porter: What do you feel are your greatest football accomplishments?
Marvin Burdette: My greatest football accomplishments are first making it to the point I am now. I was a 4 year starter at UAB and not many players can say they started 4 years of college football. I have never been second to nobody. I always give it my all day in and day out. I’ve broken records while here and I take pride in what I’ve done on the field. I’ve been proud to say I established myself at UAB for 4 solid years here.
Scott Porter: Is there an NFL player that reminds you of yourself or one you model your game after?
Marvin Burdette: Well, my sister says I remind her of Ray Lewis. My mom says I am more of a London Fletcher guy. I like the Fletcher comparison. Fletcher came in and earned everything he ever got in the NFL. He started from the bottom on up. He had to overcome some of the same adversity as I did. His height is similar to mine. People said he couldn’t do it and he did. I feel like he opened up windows to people such as myself. I have followed his career very close. I feel like I have been overlooked like him. He has had the same struggles as myself to get to where I want to be.
Scott Porter: What will you miss most about college football?
Marvin Burdette: My high school coach told me I would miss the purity of high school football when I left. I know what he means now. The same will be when I go from college to the NFL. I had a great time here with my own teammates and meeting other players from different teams. I will miss the coaches and competing against these great schools.
Scott Porter: What hobbies do you have off the field?
Marvin Burdette: I love to hunt with my training dogs. I am a big hunter. I don’t like to sit in the indoors I like to get out and do stuff outdoors. Hunting is my #1 hobby away from the field.
Scott Porter: Who has been your biggest influence throughout your collegiate career?
Marvin Burdette: My parents. You talk about grade A parents. They keep me on my heals. They have been amazing parents. They have been a true mother/father to me. I can’t thank them enough for what they have done for me. I appreciate them for their support. They have been great.
Scott Porter: Why should an NFL team draft Marvin Burdette?
Marvin Burdette: Well, they should look to me for a guy who doesn’t look at himself as an individual. I am going to lay my body out for a team. I am going to lay it all out on the line. I am not selfish and am very humble. I work hard to get playing time and you can count one me. You don’t have to watch or worry about me. I do things the right way.
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