Oct. 12, 2013
The following Q&A appeared in Army Football Game Day on Oct. 12, 2013.
Why did you choose to come to West Point?
At first, I came to West Point because it was a good academic opportunity and a great chance to play Division I football. As the time went by, I started to see the bigger purpose of my decision to come to the Academy. I saw that receiving the chance to commission as an officer was the most important, as well as the main reason that I came to West Point.
What does it mean to be an Army football player?
To me, being an Army football player is having the opportunity to spend the majority of your time with your favorite people. We are a really close knit group of guys, and I know that any one of my teammates will be there for me if I ever need them.
Describe your fondest memory of Army football.
My fondest memory is definitely after the Northwestern game during the 2011 season. The corps was loud, the stadium was packed, and the team was feeding off the noise. We ended up pulling a 21-14 victory. When we got back to the lockeer room, we were all jumping around, cheering, and singing the Army fight song. It was a great atmosphere.
What branch do you want to enter after graduation and why?
I have been on the fence between Infantry and Armor for the past year. After speaking with some great officers, I finally chose Armor for my final branching preference. During CTLT (Cadet Troop Leader Training) at Fort Bragg, N.C., I had the opportunity to interact with some guys from each branch. I got to see what they do on a day to day basis, and the ups and downs of each branch. In the end, I ended up choosing Armor as my first choice.
What is the most important lesson you have learned while at West Point?
One important lesson that I have learned is that as a cadet, you are always being evaluated. Whether it is on the football field, in the classroom, during summer training, or during everyday life; it is important to act professionally because you are probably being either watched or graded.
What do you like to do in what little down time you have?
With the free time that I have I like to hang out with friends. A few other guys and I just started this new tradition where we go out to an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant every Thursday after class and film.
If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself on the first day of your plebe year?
Without question, I would tell myself to put forth as much effort as possible into your academics. A lot of plebes and underclassmen do not understand the importance of earning good grades early on. As you get older, your classes get harder.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you?
I have been blessed by having several very important individuals that have taught me important lessons throughout the years. However, my mother has been the biggest influence on my life. She has been there for me, leading by example and teaching me right from wrong.
What's on your pre-game music playlist?
Usually I'll blast the hard rock playlist. Slipknot, System of a Down, and Drowning Pool typically do it for me.
Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions?
No, I don't have any superstitions before a game.