Myles Wade Q&A

Well-traveled and hardened by significant personal adversity, Portland State defensive tackle Myles Wade advanced to the NFL super regional combine at the Detroit Lions' Ford Field next month. Wade turned in a strong workout at an NFL regional combine in Houston. The 6-foot-1, 310-pounder ran the 40-yard dash in 5.14 seconds, registering a 4.64 in the short shuttle and a 31 1/2 inch vertical leap.

A former blue-chip recruit for Texas Tech who grew up in Portland, Wade was known as "Baby Shaq." His mother, Lori Jean Robinson-Wade, died of brain cancer while he was playing for the Red Raiders.

And his maternal grandmother also died during that time.

Wade's younger sister, Olyvia, has Down's syndrome.

Due to the turmoil his family was experiencing, Wade decided to return home to help out his father.

Wade began his career at Arizona Western College instead of Oregon because of his grades, earning All-American junior college honors with 7 1/2 sacks and 62 tackles in one season.

After seeing limited playing time in Lubbock after signing with Texas Tech, Wade decided it was time to return home.

Scout caught up with Wade for the following interview:

Scout: What has the adversity been like for you?

Wade: "I've been through a lot, but it's very gratifying to be at home right now. It's great to be here with my family. I know my mother isn't here, but I have my dad and my sister and we're here for each other. Getting to the NFL would be a dream come true." Scout: How's your sister doing?

Wade: "She's doing great. She's 11. She's playing sports. I just did this Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics. I raised some money by jumping. It was a fun time."

Scout: When is your Pro Day? Wade: "My Pro Day is March 14. I plan to bench press 225 pounds 40 times. I just did that many last week."

Scout: Who else recruited you out of high school?

Wade: "I had roughly 40 schools recruiting me. I got offers from Oregon, USC, Florida and Oregon State. I didn't qualify through the NCAA Clearinghouse, so I wound up at junior college. During that time, my mom was dying and I wanted to be close with the family."

Scout: How did you cope with your mother's passing?

Wade: "It was rough. It was my father and I taking care of my sister and my dad works long hours. It was a tough time, but we are a close family and we stuck together and were there for each other."

Scout: Have you spoken to many NFL teams?

Wade: "I've talked with Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, New England and New Orleans."

Scout: What do you bring to the table for an NFL team?

Wade: "I know I can play the game pretty well. It's a challenge. I look forward to getting better and learning from the veterans. It's a job interview, and I'm looking to get hired."

Scout: Do the NFL teams ask a lot of questions about your family?

Wade: "To be honest, the only one that took time out to ask about it was this scout from the Patriots. The scout from the Steelers and the Titans took the time to ask basically because my road is not of the norm. I explained my situation and they understood how hard it was.

"Adversity definitely does make you stronger. I get all my strength and give all credit to the Lord. I truly believe that. All my strength, all my ability comes from the Lord. I will be praising his name if I get drafted or don't get drafted."

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