Richard Nash a cornerback of Delta State University stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall and ran 4.52 the last 40 time he ran. Coaches have looked at his frame and said Nash was to small as a player and lacks top speed. Yet every time Nash steps out on the field, good things has happen. To me it has always been the heart of a player. We can judge a man and player from the outside, but it is within if they can overcome the obstacles they face. Here is my interview with Richard Nash who is certain to beat every obstacle he has faced along his way.
What year were you born? January 17, 1992
Where were you born? Macon Georgia
When did you start playing football? Started playing in six grade
What does football mean to you? Football is my get away. It means the most to me because I know what it feels like to have it taken away.
Were you a starter or backup player? I started at wing back and corner
What was your biggest accomplishment at Westside HS? 9th grade Future Seminole Award recipient for baseball, 9th grade Future Seminole for football, voted best DB as a senior by coaches and teammates, named honorable mentioned as a junior, All City/All region First Team as a senior.
Why did you decide to play for Delta State University? Delta State wanted me for who I am. That I am a undersized guy with talent. Other schools were skeptical about me but Delta State showed no signs of that. I feel like God brought me here for a reason. It is all in his plans. I prayed about my decision on whether or not to return to my juco after graduating but he directed my path to Delta State.
How have you been staying fit this offseason? I spent the entire summer training in Cleveland with the team. Every morning we got up at 5am and attacked workouts.
Who are you excited to play this year? West Georgia and North Alabama. West Georgia due to their lack of class from last year’s victory against us and North Alabama because that is our rival.
What has been your biggest accomplishment as an athlete? Being named an All-American from 6 games I started before being sidelined due to an ankle injury. It really showed me people recognized my efforts and play making ability. Very fortunate to receive that honor and represent my team.
What keeps you motivated? My niece and that the fact that so many colleges passed on me from high school through my junior college days. It placed a huge chip on my shoulder.
What would you say is your biggest strengths on the field? Recognizing plays before they develop. Sure tackling, aggressiveness, and confidence to make every play.
Can you provide any struggles you have faced in your life? Sitting out a year from football because Middle Tenn State dropped me the last minute. I had to take the long route to get here from working a job I didn’t like to save money to go to my junior college. It was hard but it keeps me humble to this day.
Will you enter the 2015 NFL draft? No. I’m finishing up my degree and plan on playing my last season here at Delta State. I owe my coaches and teammates that.