Name: Brian Lalli
College: Colgate University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 190, junior, wide receiver
High School: Valley View HS in Archbald, Pa.
About Brian Lalli: A three-sport athlete in high school, Lalli saw his first action as a college player last season as a sophomore. And his first-ever college start is something Lalli will never forget. The President of the Colgate Chapter had a 31-yard touchdown reception that proved to be the game-winning score in a 28-24 victory over Holy Cross. Lalli, an economics major, finished the 2013 season with nine catches. Lalli already has 10 catches this season for 91 yards as a regular contributor in the Colgate passing attack.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
LALLI: My favorite part of game day at Colgate is seeing my family as well as my teammates’ families. The family support we get at Colgate is second to none. People travel from all over the country just to watch us play and I think I speak for everyone on the team when I say how much it means to us.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
LALLI: Jimmy DeCicco, our former chapter President and close friend of mine, suggested I get involved. Under his wing, I was exposed to all of the wonderful things Uplifting Athletes does for people. I’m now able to support a great cause while playing a sport that I love and for me, nothing could be more rewarding..
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
LALLI: In my first collegiate start, I caught the game winning touchdown pass against Holy Cross.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
LALLI: Air Force. The players at Air Force were well coached and incredibly disciplined. They made moving the ball pretty difficult for us.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
LALLI: Nyeem Wartman from Penn State University. Nyeem is one of my
best friends and I try to watch as many of his games as I can. He’s a tremendous talent at linebacker and I can’t wait to watch him play on Sundays in the future.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
LALLI: Hines Ward for his fearlessness and Jerry Rice for his work ethic.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
LALLI: My favorite road stadium to play at is Lafayette’s because they have the most spacious locker rooms.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
LALLI: I’m looking forward to finding something else to satisfy my competitive edge. Probably golf. I also want to be able to coach my kids in sports and travel to all different parts of the world with my family.