Interview by Albrean Wordsworth
Interviewer (Albrean): I am Albrean I’m here at K.I.S.H magazine and I am extremely excited to be talking to the Great Sheldon Day!
Sheldon Day is an American football defensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers of the NFL.
He was also drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Sheldon attended Warren Central High School located his hometown Indianapolis, Indiana where he was a student athlete. During that time, he was a part of the 2009 State Championship team, and was a runner up for Mr. football, and was the Defensive Lineman Mr. Football winner. He also was the Defensive Lineman MVP during the 2011 Nike Opening.
After graduating High School, He went on play college football at Notre Dame College Located in Ohio. Considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, he was rated as the 18th best defensive tackle prospect of his class. Impressive! Day set a career high in college scoring 45 tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks earning himself second-team All-American honors by the Associated Press. After being drafted by Jaguars, Sheldon played a season and half then was picked up by the San Francisco 49ers as a free agent and immediately was part of their defensive line rotation. He played in all 16 games and tallied 15 tackles and 1.0 sack.
On His free time Sheldon enjoy giving back to community both in his hometown an in the communities In which he plays. Sheldon also has a Daylight camp named Sheldon’s Daylight Camp where his mission us to inspire the youth to see the light through education as a way to better their situation.
As Of 2020 Sheldon is still on the roster for the 49ers and will be playing in the 2020 Super bowl!! How exciting!
Sheldon Day: Thank you!
Interviewer (Albrean): First, I wanted to ask you, what inspired you to build and develop a daylight camp for the youth? And what is that like?
Sheldon Day: Man, It’s just like growing up on the east side on Indianapolis and not having access to the things that I felt like we should have had access to, So Now I am trying to be the bridge to lessen the gap between the children who live on the east side of Indianapolis, to make sure they have all the opportunities in the world for them to be successful.
Interviewer (Albrean): Right, I can totally understand that, that is awesome! What would you think are your challenges with the Daylight camp and What do you enjoy the most?
Sheldon Day: I would say what I enjoy the most is just seeing how much I influence the kids and they now know that college is attainable, they know it’s more to life than just the eastside of Indianapolis. That was my goal when I started this journey on trying to make the Daylight camp as successful as it could be. The Challenges I deal with this honestly would be fundraising to make sure the camp stay’s free. Also making sure to get the attendance to make sure I’m reaching every kid that I can.
Interviewer (Albrean): Ok Awesome! That sounds really great! That is something awesome that you are doing for the community, that’s really inspiring that kids have somebody like you to look up to. Like “Hey I can be just as successful as this guy” or “Hey I actually have a chance to make it”
Sheldon Day: Yeah for sure!
Interviewer (Albrean): Who is the Sports icon that influenced you the most during your career? Do you have anybody that you’ve looked up to that have influenced a lot?
Sheldon Day: I would definitely say I have mentors who have kind of help mold me to become the man that I am today. My high school coach, his name is Corey Clarke, he’s still very involved in my life, helping me grow and become a better man. He actually is helping me run my camp. Then I got guys who are in the league like Calais Campbell, Derek Marks, Avery Jones. Guys that I played with in Jacksonville that helped me grow into the player that I am today.
Interviewer (Albrean): Awesome, and are you still connected with all of them?
Sheldon Day: Yeah, pretty much so. * Laughs* We are always talking stuff to each on how we can get better and the next time we are going to see each other, stuff like that
Interviewer (Albrean): That is so cool! What would you say was your first thought when you found out you were going to the Superbowl?
Sheldon Day: Excitement! As a little boy everybody just wishes for the opportunity to do this and the fact that I was given the opportunity is just a blessing!
Interviewer (Albrean): Indeed! Congratulations, Do you have any plans for your life after football?
Sheldon Day: Yeah, I want to be a businessman. I have a passion of teaching people how to better their lives so ultimately, I want to create a platform for financial literacy for athletes to help them make better decisions so they can be financially stable after they’re done playing sports.
Interviewer (Albrean): That actually sounds like something that is really Interesting to do, I think that would be a great Idea!
Sheldon Day: Yeah, I appreciate that.
Interviewer (Albrean): OK, I just have one last question… How can our readers connect with you on social media?
Sheldon Day: You can follow me on Instagram @Sheldonday_91 and also on twitter @Sheldonday_91 You can stay Up to date with me and the things going on in my life
Interviewer (Albrean): Awesome!! Do you have any other personal blogs besides Instagram or Twitter?
Sheldon Day: I got a website that I am currently working on called Sheldonday.net and honestly, I am going to start posting things every day and I am thinking about creating a YouTube channel as well.
Interviewer (Albrean): That would be something great! People could keep up with you more, especially with your daylight camp going on.
Sheldon Day: Yeah definitely.
Interviewer (Albrean): Well Sheldon Thank you so much. I know your schedule is super hectic so I just wanted to make this interview quick and smooth as possible, on the behalf of Dr. Kishma George, and K.I.S.H magazine, we’d like to thank you for your time today and taking this interview with us! Wishing you all the best in all you do! Good luck on the Superbowl! I know you guys are going to do great!
Sheldon Day: Thank you, I appreciate that.