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Written by: Brian Hagberg on Sunday, June 7th, 2020
Photo credit Kim Rihn
Butler Senior High School
What made you choose football?
I choose to play football because I feel like it’s in my blood. I’ve had almost every guy in my family play football. Also, I’ve had three uncles who played in the NFL (Rich, Ron, and Bill Saul). They inspire me to aspire to reach the next level.
What’s your favorite football memory?
My favorite football memory was when I scored my first touchdown as a kid.
What activities do you enjoy outside of playing football?
I enjoy playing baseball and wrestling for my high school teams.
What non-football accomplishment are you most proud of?
I am most proud of my 1st Team State All Academic in wrestling.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
My favorite athlete is Conor McGregor. I enjoy watching him because he is extremely confident in everything he does. I aspire to have his confidence but not his antics.
What has been the most difficult part of training during the pandemic and how did you overcome it?
The most difficult part of training this offseason has been not having access to the school’s facilities. I have overcame it by throwing with people who I have access with, like my dad. I also now have a weight set at home so getting in the weight room hasn’t been too difficult.
Who is your biggest role model?
My biggest role model is my dad. He is my biggest fan, alongside my mom, and always pushes me to be the best I can be. He also makes great sacrifices for me and my siblings, which I am extremely grateful for.
What are you most looking forward to about playing in District 10?
The different schedule. I feel as if there is a new excitement in the Butler community because we have a new schedule.
What are your parents most likely to yell from the stands?
My dad would yell, “Go get em” and my mom would say something like, “I hope he’s ok”.
What are your team and personal goals for the season?
My goals for this season include, but are not limited to making the postseason. As a program we have struggled to have success over the past couple decades. I want to change that along with my teammates. I feel like making a playoff appearance would certainly change that. Some personal goals I have is to be the most dominant player I can be and be recognized as one of the best players in Western PA and the State.
If you could have dinner with three people, living or dead, who would you choose?
If I could have dinner with three people it would be Kobe Bryant, Ben Roethlisberger, and Conor McGregor. Kobe because he is the ultimate work horse. He is a great leader and I’d want to pick his brain on how he motivates his team and himself. Ben because being a kid from the Pittsburgh Area, the Steelers are my team, and Ben is my guy. He has been my favorite football player for as long as I can remember. Lastly, Connor because like Kobe, he has a great work ethic. I’d want to hear from him on how he became so great.
What hobby do you have that might surprise people?
I enjoy learning new things. I actually like going to school, I just wish it wasn’t so early in the morning.
What’s your favorite sport, other than football, to play or watch?
I enjoy playing baseball. Baseball was my first love. To me, there’s nothing better to do in June than play baseball.
What is one thing you hope other players can learn from you?
I hope other players and teammates can learn from me the right way to play the game. I aspire to always play the game the right way. By that I mean I like to play physical, but not dirty. The respect aspect is important to me as well. I want more players to respect their coaches and refs all the time opposed to most of the time.
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