College: University of Notre Dame
Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 242, sophomore, linebacker
High School: American Heritage HS in Plantation, FL
About Michael Deeb: Only in his second year at Notre Dame, the prototype middle linebacker in a 4-3 defense is still working his way up the depth chart. Deeb had other offers coming out of high school including Florida State, Penn State and Ole Miss but chose the Fighting Irish. He became involved with Uplifting Athletes by sharing the same position with Notre Dame Chapter President Joe Schmidt. This season he’s appeared on special teams, but should see more playing time down the stretch. Schmidt, the starting MLB for the Irish, suffering an ankle injury last Saturday that ended his season.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
DEEB: My favorite part of the game day experience at our home stadium is the final seconds before opening kickoff. The refs blow the whistle, the crowd is going wild, and in that moment there is no where else in the world I’d rather be. No words can describe the feeling!
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
DEEB: Joe Schmidt has driven me to get involved with Uplifting Athletes. The experience for me has shown me the ability to make positive influence on the life of others through athletics. I love helping others and by participating in a sport that so many people watch we are able to reach out to a larger group and impact many lives.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
DEEB: My most memorable experience as a college football player was running out of the tunnel in our home stadium for the first time. Previously, the biggest crowd I had played against was maybe 3,000. A jam-packed 80,000-plus fan-filled stadium screaming for Notre Dame is an experience like no other. My first game freshman year going through that was almost overwhelming, but such a blessing and amazing feeling.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
DEEB: I would say Florida State because it was our most recent game and our first loss unfortunately. FSU is the defending National Champion and a very talented team. I believe what makes them so difficult is their high talent level and athletic ability. Many of the kids on there team are from Florida like me so we grew up playing with and against each other on the field.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
DEEB: I enjoy watching one of my best friends Tyler Carmona play for Navy. We played on the same high school team and have developed a close bond over the years. The Naval Academy plays the game tough and instills core values that we also adhere to at Notre Dame.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
DEEB: I don’t have a favorite player because I don’t know many NFL linebackers personally. Rather, I watch many of the greats and try to apply many of their successful traits to my game. Each linebacker has strengths. I search for that when I watch them play and work on implementing it in my training so I can apply it on the field.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
DEEB: My favorite road stadium thus far was Florida State because the amount of friends and family I was able to have at the game in support. Growing up n Florida many of friends chose to attend college at FSU and it is driving distance from my home so my entire family attended.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
DEEB: After football I want to have built a positive brand in my name. I want to make helping others a constant for my family as long as I live. Whether its staying involved with the game through youth football or in the business world I want to be able to commit myself to helping others always.