Sept. 13, 2013
Football Q&A With Zach Reichert
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE WEST POINT?
I hadn't thought about it too much while in high school. My best friend at the time was looking into Navy and told me to give the academies a look. I didn't think much of it then, but eventually I was contacted by the Army football staff. It made me rethink my goals and change my views on what I wanted to get out of college. I did more research and realized that this was a great opportunity to help out and do something more than what I would at a regular college. After I committed, I swayed my best friend from Annapolis to West Point. Now we find ourselves in our Firstie year getting ready to graduate.
WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE AN ARMY FOOTBALL PLAYER?
It really does mean a lot. The friendships I have made while on this team are indescribable. We are so close. We truly are a brotherhood. To step out on the field representing the Army means a lot for all of us and there really is not anyone I would rather line up on the field with than my brothers.
DESCRIBE YOUR FONDEST MEMORY OF ARMY FOOTBALL.
My best memory of Army football is last year when we beat Boston College. Beating a big time ACC school was a great feat. The way we did it though is something I'll never forget. When Trent (Steelman) took that ball into the end zone to win, I don't know if I had ever witnessed anything as crazy as what had just happened. It also was the first game my parents and fiancé were able to attend at Michie Stadium. Needless to say, I couldn't have asked for any better way to get that victory.
WHAT BRANCH DO YOU WANT TO ENTER AFTER GRADUATION AND WHY?
I plan on going Field Artillery as it gets closer to branch night. I enjoy what Field Artillery is all about. Staying with the big guns seems awesome in my opinion. I think I would enjoy my time as an FSO and an FDO. From those who have posted FA, many tell me that they love the choice and wouldn't change it for anything.
WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNED WHILE AT WEST POINT?
The biggest lesson I have learned is to never stop giving my best effort in everything I do. I truly believe that life is too short to be not to do that. I try to make it a goal to look at myself in the mirror and know that they guy staring back at me gave his best effort in every challenge the day provided.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN WHAT LITTLE DOWN TIME YOU HAVE?
In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my friends and talking to my fiance. There is not a whole lot more I could ask for than a good group of people to spend my extra time with. Other than those things, naps are always the next best thing to do as I love to sleep.
AFTER WORKING YOUR WAY UP THE DEPTH CHART THROUGH YOUR CAREER, WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE COUNTED ON TO PRODUCE AS A SENIOR?
It means a lot to be in that situation, but it means even more to still have the opportunity to play with the great guys I have met since I first came here. To play alongside each and every one of them in our senior year is truly undescribable. The experiences we have shared throughout our time can never be forgetten.
YOU CAN PLAY JUST ABOUT EVERY POSITION ALONG THE LINE. WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE YOUR VERSATILITY TO?
I really have to give it up to the coaching. The offensive line staff has done a great job in teaching me the fundamentals critical to becoming a better football player. I try my best to take what they say and put it into action on the field. My goal has always been to make sure I am a better player than I was the day before. Whether it has been at guard or at tackle, the coaches make it their primary goal to improve my weaknesses. Their help has helped me grow as a player.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THE TEAM NEEDS TO DO IN ORDER TO HAVE A SUCCESSFUL SEASON IN 2013?
We just need to be ourselves when we are out on that field. Trusting ourselves as players is the a big piece. We are an extremely close group that looks to hold each other accountable when some things may seem off. If we can continue to trust each other and play like we know how, success will follow.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL YOURSELF ON THE FIRST DAY OF YOUR PLEBE YEAR?
I would tell myself, "Always believe in everything you do, no matter the circumstance. West point isn't easy, but there is nothing you can't do. Times will get tough and the picture may not be clear, but always remember you have what it takes to be successful."