2020 NFL Draft Prospect Interview: Brett Sylve, RB, Kentucky State University
by Damond Talbot
August 1, 2019
•Name: Brett Sylve
•College: Kentucky State University
Tell us about your hometown, and what you love most about it?
•I am from Hammond, La, a small town in south Louisiana. I enjoyed growing up in my hometown, but I spent a lot of my youth playing sports. There is not a lot to do there and it is hard to make it out. This made me dream big, and even though I’m not where I want to be, I am making strides towards where I need to be. In my hometown you can’t go too far without finding someone you’re related to. What I love the most about it is my family, as well as it being a country town, it is quiet an you can go outside an relax under the stars
List these three in order of importance and why: Film Study, Strength and Conditioning and Practice?
•First would have to be strength and conditioning, this would be how you spend your offseason. Next would have to be practice, because practice doesn’t make perfect, it makes permanent. Last but certainly not least would be film study, because you have to know your opponent or maybe you’re studying yourself to see what you can do better.
What do you worry about, and why?
•I worry about my family, because family is everything to me.
Give me an example of when you failed at something. How did you react and how did you overcome failure?
•My example would have to be my high school career, the team I played for was never known for being successful. With each loss this pushed me to work harder. I’m not a person that accepts losing, so this experience played apart in shaping me into the person I am today.
What do your teammates say is your best quality?
•They would probably say leadership, because I feel that we all should play a role in helping each other develop. We shouldn’t have to rely on just coaching to get better, this is what you have teammates for to hold each other accountable. In many situations, in the running back huddle they may have made a cut and I saw something differently or vice versa. That in my opinion is how you grow as a player.
Who is the best player you have ever played against in college?
•Keelan Cole, I played against him my freshman year and he finished with 5 touchdowns and over 200 yards receiving.
What would your career be if you couldn’t play football?
•I am very business minded, and I was always told that if you want to be a billionaire you should have 7 different forms of income. I could not say what one career I would be in, but I would surely be working towards my own businesses starting with a trucking company.
Room, desk, and car – which do you clean first?
•Room, this is my foundation, this is where you begin and end your day.
If there was a disaster and you could either save three strangers or one family member, which would you choose and why?
•I’m most definitely saving the family member, family comes first and I am going to assume that the family member is my mom. I would do anything for my mom, no question.
If you could be any television or movie character, who would you be and why?
•I would choose Tommy Pickles from Rugrats. That is my all time favorite cartoon, they literally lived there best lives without a care in the world. In the words of Tommy “A baby’s got to do, what a baby’s got to do.
Tell me about your biggest adversity in life and how you’ve dealt with or overcome it?
•My biggest adversity was self doubt, with people in your ear always telling you you’re not good enough, not fast enough, not tall enough, you start to believe them. I taught myself to use all these negatives as motivation, I better myself in spite of these events and I don’t do it for the naysayers. I feel that if you want something bad enough you’re going to work for it. You learn to silence the noise.
What is your most embarrassing moment?
•My most embarrassing moment happened my sophomore season, we were playing Morehouse on the road down 3 with around 2 minutes left in the fourth. I had just ran a punt return back for a touchdown an they punted it to me again around the 20. I went to fair-catch it and took my eyes off the ball for one second and I muffed it. They went on to score and put us away. I was embarrassed and hurt because I felt like I let my team down when they needed me the most.
What was the most memorable play of collegiate career?
•My most memorable moment as a college athlete would have to be scoring a touchdown at Lucas Oil Stadium against our rivals.
What song best describes your work ethic?
•Dedication- Nipsey Hustle ft Kendrick Lamar
What is the most important trait you can have (Physical or Non-Physical) to help you succeed at the next level?
•I think the mental aspect is very important. You have to be mentally prepared for the grind, weak minded people don’t last in any aspect of life.
If you could bring one person back from the dead for one day, who would it be and why?
•My auntie, I was so close to my aunt and I never got the chance to say goodbye but I know she is watching over me and she is proud of the man I am becoming.
If you were to open a dance club, what would you name it?
Who is the most underrated player in the NFL?
•The most underrated player in the NFL is Jarvis Landry. No matter how hard he works he is always overshadowed, even recently with the Browns new pickup of Odell. He is already being put on the back burner.
Would you rather be liked or respected, and why?
•I would rather be respected, because respect goes a long way
What player who had his career derailed by off-field issues do you feel for the most and why?
•I feel for Colin Kaepernick, because he was standing for something he believes in and they basically told him that he can’t play football because people felt offended.
Do you love to win, or hate to lose?
•I hate to lose with a passion, but losing teaches you lessons that winning can’t.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life and explain why?
•My parents have been my biggest influences, my mom has always been there to push me through the ups and downs. Making sure I stay humble and not getting the big head. I say my father because he has literally been with me every step of the way, there was a time after high school when we literally sat down and sent my film to every d-1, d-2, and JUCO coach in America. They are my support system.