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2021 Spring PFN Player Preview: Matthew Pajuste – Martin Luther King @MattPajuste @MLK_football

Written by: on Sunday, March 7th, 2021


Matthew Pajuste 

Class of 2021 

Martin Luther King High School 


Jersey # 55 

Ht: 6’4 Wt: 300 

Awards: All-Public first team, preseason all-Pa first team, Mini Maxwell Award 

Other Sports: Basketball 

Twitter: @MattPajuste

Why do you play football? 

I play football because it’s my happy place. I fell in love with the sport and ever since then I haven’t looked back.

What has been your best memory from football so far? 

My favorite football memory to this day has to be after my first varsity game as a Freshman. My head coach at the time (Ed Dunn) came to me with a team jacket, officially welcoming me to varsity. It was a small moment but it’s one that stuck with me.

Who is your favorite pro athlete and why?

My favorite pro athlete has to be Aaron Donald. The man had every reason as to why he couldn’t succeed and he didn’t let that stop him. He’s a walking example of hard work beats talent. He’s someone I aspire to be.

Who is your biggest fan and why? 

I don’t know if it is fair to say that I have one “biggest” fan. I have a lot of people around me that believe in me and they support me in everything I do.

Is there any specific person you look up to and use as a role model?  

I definitely look up to my head coach, Malik Jones. He’s shown me over and over again that there are no limits to what we can do when we really put our minds to it. He’s helped change my life and this program for the better.

What is your desired major in college? 

I plan to study exercise science (kinesiology).

What are some team goals for this upcoming season? 

We’re definitely a young team but we are defending champs. Our main goal is to go back out there and defend our title.

How has COVID-19 affected you?

Covid-19 has caused a lot of uncertainty for me. The fact that we’re having a season is so wild to think of after all the cancellations that we’re able to do what we love. It also impacted my recruitment a bit but I still came out a winner in that area (Go Bulls!).

Favorite play to run?

My favorite play to run has to be power. When run correctly it’s a beautiful run play that opens up lanes like Moses splitting the Red Sea, for the running back to basically score untouched

What is your personal goal for this season?

My personal goal this season is to really just have fun and develop the younger guys to take the program over when I leave.

Favorite pre-game meal?

My favorite pre-game meal has to be pasta. I just really love pasta.

Sports movie?

My favorite sports movie is Gridiron Gang.

Sport you’d love to play but can’t?

My favorite sport that I would love to participate in would be swimming but I can barely swim.

Is a hotdog a sandwich? 

No, a hotdog isn’t a sandwich. It’s a hotdog.

Favorite activities

My favorite activities are watching anime, lifting weights, and taking naps.

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