Each week we will feature a college football player who is either a member or an officer in a Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Andrew Milmore
College: Fordham University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 285 pounds, senior, offensive line
High School: Fairfield Warde, Fairfield, Connecticut
About Andrew Milmore: The President of the Rams’ Uplifting Athletes Chapter, Milmore has appeared in at least one varsity game since his freshman season. A three-time member of The Patriot League Honor Roll, Milmore appeared in nine games as a junior and started two at left guard for an offense that averaged nearly 230 yards a game passing.
As a player, what is your favorite part of game day you get to experience at your home stadium?
Milmore: After we win at home, the entire team rushes to the “Victory Bell” in front of the stadium. All the seniors get to ring the bell, and the entire team sings Fordham’s fight song to the fans.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Milmore: Last season we played at University of Connecticut and it was my first experience in a major college football environment. As a Connecticut native, it was really exciting to play in front of a bunch of my friends and family.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what if anything has this experience done for you?
Milmore: Fordham Football “adopted” a little boy named Ty Campbell with pediatric brain cancer when I was a sophomore on the team. My two roommates, James and Daniel Avedesian, grew up in State College, Pennsylvania and told me about Uplifting Athletes at Penn State. We decided to start the club here in honor of Ty and it has been an unbelievable experience trying to make a difference for Ty’s family. Ty recently passed away after fighting for most of his young life, and my teammates and I can hang our hats on the fact that we tried our best to help Ty in any way that we could.
Facebook, Twitter or neither and why?
Milmore: I use Facebook to keep in touch with my buddies and family members.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play and what makes them so difficult?
Milmore: We play Colgate every year and their physical style of football always impressed me.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
Milmore: I am a History and Political Science double-major. Both of these majors helped me develop my communication skills that have definitely contributed to my Uplifting Athletes Chapter.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
Milmore: Geno Smith from West Virginia is putting up some pretty unbelievable numbers right now.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Milmore: Trent Cole on the Eagles has one of the best motors in the game. For a guy that doesn’t get that much attention, I always liked how he quietly dominates games on Sundays.
What was or is the inspiration for the Rare Disease your Uplifting Athletes Chapter is raising money for to be part of the fight?
Milmore: Everything we’ve done has always been for Ty Campbell. At five years old he faced more adversity than most face in their entire lives. Kids like Ty deserve every opportunity to be happy and healthy, and hopefully Fordham Football raising money for pediatric brain cancer can help another child down the road.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Milmore: It’s always fun playing at the old Ivy League Stadiums; they have a ton of history and lore.