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.
College: Fordham University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-7, 312 pounds, senior, offensive tackle
High School: Westhill High School, Syracuse, New York
About Tom Fisher: A big mobile left tackle, Fisher came to Fordham as a tight end and played as a freshman at both tight end and offensive line. This season he is one of the anchors up front for the Rams. The President of the Uplifting Athletes chapter at Fordham, Fisher was a two-sport standout in high school and won a state basketball title his senior year. The Rams are having their best season in decades. Fordham has one of the top 10 ranked FCS offenses in the country and overall the Rams are ranked No. 9 in the country. With a win over Georgetown last Saturday, Fordham is 7-0 for the first time since 1930.
As a player, what is your favorite part of game day you get to experience at your home stadium?
Fisher: I love running on the field as a team, and of course when we score touchdowns, but my absolute favorite part is ringing the Victory Bell after a win.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Fisher: Thus far, I think I would have to say beating Temple at Lincoln Financial Field on a last second touchdown to finish a game winning drive. Beating an FBS opponent on the road was a thrill, and I am still lost for words over the way that the game ended.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what if anything has this experience done for you?
Fisher: The year before I became involved, one of my close friends, Andrew Milmore, was the president of the chapter and had a successful year raising money for pediatric brain cancer. Before he graduated, my friend Vincent Antinozzi and I had expressed interest in becoming involved with Uplifting Athletes. Vince took the initiative and began organizing who would be involved in the chapter, and he asked if I wanted to be involved, and I gladly decided to join him.
So far, this experience has taught me many lessons. First and foremost, it has put every aspect in my life in perspective. I have become more thankful for my blessings, and less agitated about my struggles. Becoming involved with Uplifting Athletes has also made me realize how much more we all have to offer outside of our normal daily activities. It is entirely possible to devote some effort to helping others, whether it’s for children battling cancer, or any other issue that one would like to support.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play and what makes them so difficult?
Fisher: Year after year since I’ve been at Fordham, we have struggled against Lehigh and Colgate. Both have been teams who execute their scheme well, and find whatever it takes to win games.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
Fisher: I am a political science major, and things that I’ve used as a result of my major are my ability to clearly explain the mission of our chapter to others, whether it be in person or via email. I have found myself writing a lot of papers and doing a lot of presentations, so I think that has helped me be able to be clear when I explain what exactly our mission is.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
Fisher: One of the reasons I chose Fordham was because of the quality of the education, so primarily I hope to find a career that I truly enjoy. Other than that, I would rather not even think about life after football.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
Fisher: Johnny Manziel is definitely quite entertaining, but I also like to watch the offensive lines of dominant teams like Alabama because I truly appreciate the beauty of a bunch of fat and sweaty guys working as one unit to physically dominate their opponents.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Fisher: Joe Staley, an offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, because he plays offensive line the way it’s meant to be played. He plays with a mean demeanor to the echo of the whistle, and he physically dominates his opponents.
What was or is the inspiration for the Rare Disease your Uplifting Athletes Chapter is raising money for to be part of the fight?
Fisher: Ty Campbell was who inspired us to raise money for extrarenal rhabdoid tumors. When we adopted him as a member of our team, we were all able to see someone who was battling such a terrible disease still have a smile on his face. After meeting someone with that condition, it motivated us to want to prevent future children to have to suffer the same way that Ty did.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Fisher: Playing at Columbia is always fun because they are our rivals. It was also exciting to play on the same field that the Philadelphia Eagles play on this season when we played Temple.