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Ryan Michael: QBS Interview with Former Purdue Running Back Akeem Shavers

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 8:15 PM

At Purdue University, Akeem Shavers averaged 4.8 yards-per-carry, produced 1,818 yards from scrimmage and scored 16 touchdowns. In the 2013 offseason, he spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots. In the CFL, Shavers helped lead the Edmonton Eskimos to a Grey Cup championship. In this exclusive, Shavers shares his thoughts on his journey through Junior College, to NCAA Division I, to the NFL and to the CFL.


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Ryan: Growing up, What running backs did you most admire?


Akeem: "I admired Ladainian Tomlinson and Reggie Bush as I was growing up. Their versatility and running style inspired me a lot."



Ryan: What was it like to transition from Independence Community College, to Tyler Junior College, to Purdue?


Akeem: "It was honestly in the plans, to work my way up to the D1 level. It was always a huge dream to play on one of the highest levels, coming from a small town, trying to prove to myself that I could do it."



Ryan: In 2013, you spent time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots. What did you take away from that experience?


Akeem: "I learned a lot during my time with those two organizations. The most important things were how to take care of my body and how to really be a professional."



Ryan: How would you compare the feeling of earning MVP honors in the 2011 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl to scoring a touchdown and winning the 103rd Grey Cup with the Edmonton Eskimos?


Akeem: "I would say that they both were huge milestones for me. I believe that the being selected as the MVP of that bowl game was a huge honor after seeing some of the performances that we had that day."



Ryan: Any exciting ventures that you'd like to share with the fans?


Akeem: "I guess the one venture that I'm most excited about is a podcast that I am in the process of launching. It's going to focus on mentoring younger athletes who want to play professional football but lack the mentoring and guidance of a professional athlete."

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