August 19, 2022
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Diamond In The Rough: Atravon Bossier

Atravon Bossier is a class of 2021 defensive tackle at Acadiana High School in Lafayette, Louisiana. He is 6’3″ and weighs 295 pounds. Bossier is very quick for his size, and is an explosive player who gets off the ball quickly. Bossier has an excellent motor and he doesn’t take a play off. He has great hands and can easily create disruption. He is also on the Track & Field team at Acadiana High and holds a 3.0 gpa.


At what age did you begin playing football and what motivated you to play this sport?

I started playing my Freshman year in high school. What motivated me to play was that I realized that there were so many other people who couldn’t play. Some people are born with no legs or deformities, so they can’t play. People also get injured, so that motivated me to use my abilities that I do have. For one, I am bigger than most kids. I also am just blessed that I can play and use my body for football.

What’s your favorite thing about your position?

I am kind of at a disadvantage. When I do something good on the field, I feel rewarded in a way. I don’t know where the ball is going or the snap counts, but when I do good it just feels better as I am at a disadvantage.

On the track team, you throw the discus and shot put! How do you feel like that helps your football skills?

I love that I can be competitive in two separate parts of the year. I am not just competitive in football season and only lifting weights during the offseason. Track starts in January through March, I can still be competitive in those months and still get after it.

What are some goals you have for this season?

This year, I just want to make the plays that I couldn’t last year. My goal this year is just finishing the plays.

How do you think your coaches and teammates would describe you as a player?

They would say that I am funny and I uplift the team. I get everyone in a good mood and tell them that no matter what happens, just keep pushing forward as everyone makes mistakes.

What has football taught you about yourself or life?

It has taught me that no matter what somebody says about somebody else or about you, you can’t go off of that. An example, someone can say a team we’re going against is a trash team. They could come out the gate and beat us and dominate us. You can’t listen to any outsiders, you have to see for yourself.

What’s your favorite thing about playing football in Louisiana?

I love that everything is local. My family and everyone I know is from here, so I just feel at home playing.

Are there any college or NFL athletes that you look up to or try to model your play style after?

Nick Bosa. I love his attitude and how serious he is on the field.

How do you prepare for an upcoming game?

For upcoming games, I prepare by watching a lot of film on the opponents so I will know what I will get in front of me. I practice what I would do in the game. I rest a lot the day before the game so that I am ready for the game.

What hobbies are you involved in besides sports?

I play a lot of video games. I haven’t played as much since the season started, I mainly practice and do homework now.

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