Army Football Q&A With Anthony Stephens

Nov. 9, 2013

The following football Q&A appeared in Army Football Game Day on Nov. 9, 2013.

Why did you choose to come to West Point?
I thought it was the best option for me at the time. I figured I wanted to do something else besides party all year.

What does it mean to be an Army football player?
It means a lot. It's good to get to go out each week to play for your brothers and to know that they do the same for you.

Describe your fondest memory of Army football.
Army-Air Force 2012. It was the first time that we had beaten a rival since I had been here. It was awesome to have the team and the crowd going crazy the whole time.

What branch do you want to enter after graduation and why?
I want to branch Engineers. I think that it is broad enough that there are opportunities early in my career, as well as getting good experience with real world engineering problems.

What is the most important lesson you have learned while at West Point?
Never sell yourself short, anything is possible.

What do you like to do in what little down time you have?
Listen to music and watch football, of course.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself on the first day of your plebe year?
"Good decision, but you have no idea what you are getting yourself into."

Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
The biggest influence in my life has been my dad. He has always led me in the right direction and shown me what's possible when you work hard. He graduated here in 1980 so I knew that even long term goals were possible if you just stick with it.

What has been the biggest factor in your development as a player during the last four years?
The biggest factor is my teammates. They are always pushing me to be better than I was before. I learn new things from them each day, whether it be from the other receivers or a different position like cornerbacks. Everyone brings something new to the table.

Describe what it's like when you are running down the field wide open and the ball is in the air. What thoughts are going through your mind?
It's a good feeling to know that pretty soon you'll be in the end zone. I really don't think about much. To me everything gets quiet and I just watch the ball float into my hands. The only thing that I might tell myself is, "Don't drop it."

Do you have any hidden talents that maybe not even your teammates know about?
I'm a good juggler, but I've never done it around the team

Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
Before each game I put my music on and pace the 50-yard line from side to side. I just look around and take in the surroundings so that during the game it's not something I haven't seen.

What's on your pre-game music playlist?
Everything from Drake to Metallica.

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