Name: Anthony Lopez
College: University of Arizona
Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 211, junior, safety
High School: Mesquite HS in Gilbert, Ariz.
About Anthony Lopez: A two-sport athletes in high school, Lopez was an honorable mention all-state football player as a senior playing running back and defensive secondary. He also ran track. Lopez played in all 12 games his freshman year on special teams, and as a sophomore in 2013 registered 14 tackles for the Wildcats playing both special teams and as part of the secondary rotation. Made his first career start against Colorado in a 44-20 victory. The Arizona Chapter started in 2013 and Lopez is part of the student-athlete leadership team that helped the Wildcats hold their first Lift For Life event earlier this year in the fight against Cystic Fibrosis.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
LOPEZ: Definitely doing the haka with the team in front of the ZonaZoo.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
LOPEZ: I just wanted to give back to the community and Andrew (Valdez) was my biggest motivation. It has been a very humbling experience to learn about all the rare diseases the other Uplifting Athletes Chapters support.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
LOPEZ: My most memorable experience in college football was getting my first start against Colorado last year.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
LOPEZ: Oregon. They always have great athletes on offense and have and a quarterback who has been continuously talked about in the Heisman Trophy race for the last three years.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
LOPEZ: My major is business marketing and from that I have learned how to get in touch with the right people and how to network to spread the word when our chapter has events for Uplifting Athletes.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
LOPEZ: Every year it is a different player. But this year I think that I will be following Georgia running back Todd Gurley because he is a great back and is enjoyable to watch.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
LOPEZ: LeSean McCoy from the Philadelphia Eagles. He is on my favorite team, and he is the best running back in the NFL. He is so elusive and can not only run but can catch the ball out of the backfield as well.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
LOPEZ: Oregon because they have a crazy fan base and a nice stadium. That combination makes the game more fun and challenging.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
LOPEZ: I look forward to getting my degree and then trying to apply to Nike. I would really enjoy doing some type of marketing job for them.