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: Jeff Wasilewski
College: Saint Francis (Pa.)
Height, weight, class, position: 6-1, 195 pounds, senior, wide receiver
High School: Central Cambria High School, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania
About Jeff Wasilewski: A three-sport athlete coming out of high school, Wasilewski has appeared in 24 games for the Red Flash during his career and made 29 catches with four touchdowns. Wasilewski is the founder and president of the SFU Uplifting Athletes chapter.
As a player, what is your favorite part of game day you get to experience at your home stadium?
Wasilewski: Taking the field with my teammates through our SFU tunnel filled with smoke, and then through lines of the band and cheerleaders.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Wasilewski: Being a part of the winningest Saint Francis team since joining the FCS.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what if anything has this experience done for you?
Wasilewski: The idea of using my platform of a collegiate athlete to give back to others is what led me to getting involved with Uplifting Athletes. Ultimately what drives me to be as involved as I am now is the work that the SFU chapter does for Apraxia. My younger brother, Sean, is Apraxic, and that personal connection makes my experiences all that more special. I am forever grateful to my teammates, coaches, and athletic director for agreeing to select Apraxia as our chapter rare disease.
Facebook, Twitter or neither and why?
Wasilewski: I have both, but probably get on Facebook more. You can do more things on Facebook, but I like to follow some celebrities, athletes, and broadcasters on Twitter.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play and what makes them so difficult?
Wasilewski: Last season we played the eventual FCS champions, North Dakota State. They play in the Fargodome with a home crowd that definitely makes it a tough place to play.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
Wasilewski: I am a double major in accounting and finance. I was able to draw from my knowledge of the business world to help with the behind the scenes work involved in starting a new chapter of Uplifting Athletes.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
Wasilewski: I don’t get to watch much college football these days, but I really respect the work that the Penn State team has done this year. Mike Mauti and Matt McGloin each had solid years for the Nittany Lions.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Wasilewski: LeSean McCoy. Even though the Eagles don’t get him the ball enough, he is something special to watch when it gets in his hands.
What was or is the inspiration for the Rare Disease your Uplifting Athletes Chapter is raising money for to be part of the fight?
Wasilewski: My younger brother, Sean Wasilewski, was the inspiration for SFU selecting Apraxia. Many Saint Francis fans and players in multiple sports have gotten to know Sean over the years, and the backing our chapter has received from the faculty, administration and other student-athletes, is a testament to both Sean and the family that is Saint Francis University Athletics.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Wasilewski: I enjoyed playing in James Madison’s stadium this year. The away facilities were some of the best I’ve seen, and the atmosphere made for an electric football game.