Joe Gaiter: What does football mean to you?
Diondre Wallace: Football means everything to me. Without football I don’t know what I would do. Football has been my vehicle through life and has taught me many life lessons that I will forever hold on to.
Joe Gaiter: Where are you from and how was your childhood?
Diondre Wallace: I am from Baltimore City. My childhood was tough. I lived in a neighborhood where there was no motivation to do right. My neighborhood consist of murders, drugs, prostitution and gang violence etc. It was also tough because I lived with 5 other siblings and a single mother. We struggled with money and making ends meet. When I was 7 years old I lost my older brother Darien to brain cancer. Toughest thing I had to go through in my life. Just when things started to get better I lost my oldest sister on my dad’s side to breast cancer. But through all that God was still good.
Joe Gaiter: When did you start playing sports?
Diondre Wallace: I started playing football when I was in 3rd grade and haven’t missed a football season since. I also played baseball, basketball and wrestled in my high school years
Joe Gaiter: How did Arundel HS shape your future in football?
Diondre Wallace: Arundel shaped my future in so many ways. From being a good person and young man to an all-state linebacker. Coach Chuck Markiewiz was my head coach and he would do whatever it takes to build you for the real world. I wouldn’t be the young man I am today if God didn’t put Coach Markiewiz in my life. Also, our weight room regiment in high school was very similar to college weight room programs and that helped a lot. Arundel also made me aware of the NCAA clearinghouse qualifications and the SATs. We had a great coaching staff at Arundel who knew what they were doing and put u in the best possible situation possible.
Joe Gaiter: Why did you choose to go to Towson?
Diondre Wallace: I chose Towson because it was the best fit for me. Towson as a championship pedigree and a will to take back what was once there’s. Towson also has a great academic program and also most all of their students find a job right after they graduate with their degree.
Joe Gaiter: How was your first season?
Diondre Wallace: My first season was pretty good I think. I was a true freshman that played in every game and started 7 games. I look forward to next season and being a much better player.
Joe Gaiter: What is your role on the field?
Diondre Wallace: My role was to work hard every day and be ready when my name is called. Pretty much be a freshman and listen and learn.
Joe Gaiter: Do you have any game day rituals?
Diondre Wallace: Before every game I find a nice quiet area and pray. Give God the glory for having the opportunity to play and for being alive.
Joe Gaiter: What NFL Player does your style of play mirror?
Diondre Wallace: I think my style mirrors Patrick Willis. Ive studied his game since he became a rookie in the NFL. I try my best to be aggressive a fearless just like him.
Joe Gaiter: What is your major?
Bachelor of Arts in sociology and anthropology concentration in Criminal justice.
Joe Gaiter: Describe yourself in 3 words?
Diondre Wallace: Genuine, aggressive and respectful
Joe Gaiter: In the next 5 years where do you want to be?
Diondre Wallace: I want to be on an NFL roster with a contract that will allow me to be there for a long time.
Joe Gaiter: What do you want your legacy to be?
Diondre Wallace: There’s something about greatness and helping people. Being a good role model.
Joe Gaiter: Tell us who is training you and do you think you are becoming a better athlete?
Diondre Wallace: My Trainer is Terrick Gaines who runs his own business TGX Performance systems. Terrick and I go to the same church and he has been training me since my sophomore year in high school. Everything we do has made me better and I wouldn’t be the player I am now without him. Every year we set new goals and work toward accomplishing them.
Joe Gaiter: Final Words?
Diondre Wallace: Thank God for the doors he has opened in my life. And thank him for blessing me with such a wonderful talent so I can play for his glory.
Joe Gaiter: Shoutouts?
Diondre Wallace: S/o to God who’s the head of my life. My mom who’s the strongest women I know. My Church family Inner Court Ministries of Baltimore. And my trainer Terrick Gaines.
Joe Gaiter: Social Media?
Diondre Wallace: Instagram & twitter: d_wallace10