Athlete Interview Series - Mike Nugent

May 7, 2019

NFL Kicker   |   Ohio State University



PMR:  Name 3 things an athlete needs to be successful.

Mike:  A successful athlete needs to be able to have positive answers to these three questions: 1. Do you know what to do?  2. Are doing what you are being coached to do?  3. Are you the same player every single day?


PMR:  When it's all said and done and you move on to be successful in the next phase of your life, how would teammates you respected remember you as a teammate?

Mike:  My past teammates would consider me as a complete professional at my craft.  Everything was done with the maximum amount of effort.  All tasks were completed without question.


PMR:  Is there anything specific you've done consistently over your career to keep you in the game?

Mike:  I've always had a deep appreciation of the chase to improve.  I've known it takes everything I've got to be the best.


PMR:  Knowing what you know now in your career, what do you wish you knew back in high school?

Mike:  I can always push myself a bit further.  Make certain you are out working anyone in the way of your goals.


PMR:  How do you manage adversity or what tools do you use in dealing with adversity?

Mike:  Adversity will always be there.  When it hits, how hard does it hit?  You will make mistakes, but make small ones.


PMR:  Name a coach, teammate, or mentor over the course of your career that has had the biggest impact on you and why?

Mike:  Jeff Wilkins.  A Super Bowl winning kicker and my mentor as I progressed throughout my career.  He was always open to answer any of my questions and help me out in any way possible.


PMR:  What is the greatest, or one of the greatest lessons you've learned through the process?

Mike:  You don't have to be perfect to succeed.  All you need is the discipline to outwork everyone around you.  Discipline is a key ingredient to success.


PMR:  What are your thoughts on pre-game/pre-practice mental and physical preparation and their role in player development?

Mike:  I try to put myself in a mental competition every time I practice.  Nothing is as real as a game, but if you can set yourself up to practice with pressure, games will always become more comfortable.


PMR:  In order to continually test yourself physically and mentally you must have a strong "why". What is your "why"?

Mike:  I want to be the best.  No matter what task I am doing, I want to be the best player ever to do it.  If that doesn't happen, I know I gave it everything I have.




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