Beyond The Trophy: Michael Ramos, Princeton University

MICHAEL RAMOSName: Michael Ramos

College: Princeton University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 285 pounds, senior, offensive lineman

High School: St. Ignatius HS in Cleveland, Ohio

About Michael Ramos: In his second full season as a starter after breaking into the rotation as a sophomore. Last year was part of an offensive line that helped the Tigers to break Ivy League records in scoring and yards per game for a season. Princeton won its first Ivy League title since 2006 by winning eight consecutive games – including scoring 50 or more points in five of those games. A National Football Foundation Scholar-Athlete, Ramos started every two games his final two seasons of high school. A pre-med major, Ramos is the president of the Princeton Chapter and has aspirations to be a doctor.

 As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

RAMOS: My favorite part about the game day experience is right after our pregame meal when our offensive line gets together and collects our thoughts before game time.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?

RAMOS: I first heard about Uplifting Athletes my freshman year when I was told how Jordan Culbreath battled his way back onto the football field after being diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia. As time went on, I learned more and more about the organization and truly believed in the importance of raising money and awareness for such diseases that are often overlooked. With my desire to become a doctor, the experience has opened my eyes to rare diseases and has pushed me to continue to pursue a career pathway in which I can one day help people.

 What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

RAMOS: My most memorable experience as a player so far is beating Harvard in triple overtime during my junior year.

What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?

RAMOS: Harvard. Their team is very talented and consistently successful.

 What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?

RAMOS: I am a Molecular Biology major and my interest and passion for medicine and rare diseases are what I have contributed to the Princeton Chapter of Uplifting Athletes.

Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?

RAMOS: Georgia running back Todd Gurley.

 Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

RAMOS: Joe Thomas, the Cleveland Browns left tackle, because of his approach to the game.

 What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?

RAMOS: The Yale Bowl because of the history.

In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?

RAMOS: I am looking forward to continuing to work towards my dream of becoming a doctor and watching more college football.

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