Vincent McDonald: 2022 Pro Prospect Interview
Name: Vincent “Vinnie” McDonald
School: Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
What goals did you set and/or accomplish in your final collegiate season?
Creating history wether it was personal or team oriented. My goal was to do something that hasn’t been done before and leaving a legacy behind.
Q: How do you think you took advantage of the extra year of eligibility to increase your chances of going pro?
Getting an extra year to show much I improved from 2019 to 2021. Also, showcase my ability to lead a team through tons of adversity we faced before and during the season.
Q: What would your coaches and teammates say about the type of player you are?
I am a hard worker. I am constantly working on getting better even when no one is watching. I take my work very serious and that I am dedicated and passionate about what I do. Also, I am a peoples person and a man of my community. I am always involved with giving back to those around me.
Q: When you are studying film, what are the things you focus on to improve your game?
I start off by looking at what I did wrong, whether thats not stemming up the DB correctly or not getting an extra step in my break. I focus on the little details that can make a big difference such as late hands or eyes away technique.
Q: What separates you from the other pro prospects at your position?
I have God given abilities at my position. Also, being able to make the most of opportunities when presented to me.
Q: What is your offseason plan to train and prepare for professional opportunities?
Recovery from my injury I played the whole season through. After that, become as freak of an athlete I possibly can.
Q: What kind of strengths and abilities will you bring to a team that will stand out both on and off the field?
I have the resume to showcase my leadership and strong academic track record. I pride my self on having respect and sportsmanship for the opposing team and the game it self. Prime example, my end of the game interview after we played Endicott in the first round playoffs is who I am (https://twitter.com/ecgulls/status/1462539976181121033?s=21… ). You can teach receivers how to run certain routes and etc. However, you can’t teach them character, effort nor passion that one will bring. I hit all of those checklists.
Q: What is your final pitch to the NFL and any other pro leagues?
I will not give up. I have deep passion to get through any adversity put in front of me. My life journey is prime example for that. If I come up short and face failure, I use it to my advantage to grow and become better.
❤️ SHOW LOVE 💚— Endicott Athletics (@ECGulls) November 21, 2021
This act of sportsmanship from @vmac_2 (@RPIFootball) during yesterday's press conference is what sports are all about.
Thank you for the kind words about Sam Opont & @EndicottFB, Vinnie. You're a special student-athlete too.@NCAADIII @D3FBHuddle @d3football pic.twitter.com/TiqowhZJB3