William House played tackle and guard at Southern Nazarene University. During his time there, he was a preseason All-American and a two-time All-Conference player. In 2016, he helped the school achieve its first multiple-win season.
William recently took the time to speak with me about his career background in football, as well as his aspirations in the sport.
When did you first fall in love with playing football?
I fell in love with football at the age of 11. A friend, Josh Hodges, invited me to give it a try because his dad was coaching. I went to practice and have never looked back. Turned out I was pretty good.
Who was your role model in football when you were growing up, and who was your role model outside of the sport during your childhood?
I wouldn’t say he was my role model growing up, but, Marlon Winn has been my role model since meeting him while I was in High School. He is a former Texas Tech standout and pro player. Winn shows me how commitment, hard work and persistence will pay off in all areas of life. He is a great teacher and motivator. Winn is also loyal and devoted to his current and former players.
Outside the sport would be my grandfather. He has always encouraged me and has made sure I have what I need to make the most of every opportunity. My Grandad has deep knowledge of the game and we have shared many conversations about the game.
What’s the most inspirational or powerful thing a coach has ever said to you?
Football has not always been an easy path for me. During my middle school experience, a coach told me that I would never play beyond middle school. He told me I could not play and would never even play at the varsity level. That was a powerful thing to say to a 13-year-old. I will never forget those words.
Who in the NFL do you see as a role model for what you want to accomplish in football, and why?
First, I would have to say Ali Marpet of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. We have a several similarities. The one that caught my attention is the fact that he came out of a small college much like the one I attend. This proves to me that it can happen. We also are similar in physical characteristics and play the same position.
Secondly, I would say Trent Williams. He is considered one of the best lineman in the league. He has great athletic ability and that is a great thing to study, He is quick, strong and a very versatile lineman.
If an NFL scout were to walk up to you and give you ten seconds to sell yourself, what would you say?
I am committed, coachable and openminded. I enjoy the process of preparation as much as playing. My work ethic is unmatched. I have an extensive knowledge of the game and am constantly studying to deepen my understanding of my position and the game.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I see myself as a season veteran making a difference on the field and the community around me.
And to close, what’s the most important thing about you off the field that makes you a better player on the field?
I am a student on and off the field. I take every opportunity I can to learn. I am committed to the process of becoming a better athlete and player and not just the to the end result.