It’s been called “The World’s Toughest Job Interview.” For seven days at the NFL Combine (Feb. 20-26), college football’s best will be measured, interviewed, tested, watched and analyzed by countless NFL coaches, general managers and scouts prior to the NFL Draft. To prepare, more than three-dozen top prospects traveled to IMG Academy for six-plus weeks of position-specific skill-work, speed and movement, physical and mental conditioning, communications and leadership training, nutrition, vision training, sports medicine and more with world-renowned coaches and trainers.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Cornerback out of the University of Connecticut, had an outstanding senior year and is now training for the NFL combine. Wreh-Wilson is one of three huskies chosen to attend the 2013 Senior Bowl. He recorded 47 tackles while assisting 16 in his senior year. His fantastic play earned him the honor of being named the huskies most valuable player. After completing a workout at IMG Academy's top notch facilities, Wreh-Wilson sat down and spoke about his past, his future, and even the unique story of how he got his name.
Blidi Wreh-Wilson on…
…playing for the UConn Huskies
Playing for UConn was a great experience. They were one of the few schools to give me an opportunity to play division one football. I learned a lot and I am very fortunate for the stuff I learned and the relationships I gained.
…playing in the Senior Bowl
I’m honored to be able to play in the Senior Bowl. I get a chance to play against the most elite players and compare myself to the competition in order to see where I’m at and what I can work on. I’m happy to be accepted and I’m excited and fortunate to be able to play with two other UConn players. It’s good for me, it’s good for each of us, and it’s good for UConn.
…the NFL corner he is most like
I’d say the most like me would be Darrelle Revis. We always watch his film and my game is a lot like his. In college, my job was to go out there and take care of my man. They didn’t pay a lot of attention to me. I did my best to keep my guy from making catches and making plays. Revis is one of my role models because he is very fundamentally-sound and I try to model my game off of that.
…what to expect at the NFL Combine
I know it’s going to be one of the biggest days of my life. But I know training here at IMG Academy I’m going to be very well prepared for it. That’s why I’m here.
…training at IMG Academy
It’s the best place you can come. From the nutrition to the mental conditioning, it prepares you for the next step. Some people may say it’s too much, but if you buy into the program you see gains in everything you do and you become a total athlete. Training here has allowed me to see everything from a complete perspective as opposed to just looking at it from an on-the-field point of view. One of my favorite parts of being here is the recovery though. The massages, the hyperbaric chamber, the cold tubs…everything is just so accessible and convenient for me here.
…his 2011 knee injury
It was a freak accident. I happen to get hit by one of my own teammates but I just rehabbed it, got back, and haven’t felt anything from it since. The first game back I didn’t play every single rep, but by the second half I was back in the full swing of things and it was a good feeling to be back.
…his first name and how he got it
Blidi (pronounce BLEED-E) Wreh-Wilson… My dad’s great uncle got him into school so he named me after him. Ironically enough, the name actually means “trouble.” But my dad is a philosopher and twisted it up. In Liberia, there was a war, so he said that the war was the real trouble, and by having me, there would be the peace. And actually, the war ended a couple years after.
…his hometown of Edinboro, Pennsylvania
It’s always snowing in Edinboro. It’s home of the Fighting Scots. It’s a nice place and a tight-knit community. UConn is kind of the same as Edinboro. They’re both in the middle of nowhere with passionate people around it. I love both places.
…playing in the NFL
It’s the most elite collection of athletes and a great fraternity. You see it in on the field, win or lose, all the guys are on the field showing love to each other. It’ll be a great accomplishment to know that I belong with the best because that’s what I have been working for my entire life.