College: University of Washington
Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 292, senior, center
High School: Loyola HS in Pasadena, Calif.
About Colin Tanigawa: A starter on the offensive line since he was a redshirt freshman, Tanigawa has played guard and center for the Huskies. Twice his season has been cut short by knee injuries, though. He started 11 games as a redshirt freshman at left guard before missing the final two games. His sophomore season was cut short after only two games because of another knee injury. Last year he was named a team captain, and the co-founder and President of the Washington Chapter started every regular-season game at guard. This year he was moved to center and has been making the snaps and lines calls for the Huskies all season.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
TANIGAWA: My favorite part of the game day experience at Husky Stadium is going in after warm ups with the whole team, saying a prayer together, and coming out of the locker room right before the game starts and seeing the packed stadium full of fans.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
TANIGAWA: The main thing that drove me to get involved with Uplifting Athletes was using the position I am currently lucky to be in, to help others who are in need. I also wanted to get the University of Washington football program in touch with something as special as Uplifting Athletes.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
TANIGAWA: Probably would have to be playing and winning in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl last year. It was a great experience to be able to spend a week in San Francisco, playing football in AT&T Park, and helping out at a food bank on Christmas.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
TANIGAWA: LSU my sophomore year. Playing against those guys was especially different because they were a lot bigger and stronger guys that I have usually face.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
TANIGAWA: I would probably have to say Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. I’ve always been impressed by his speed, especially seeing it in person.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
TANIGAWA: Probably Marshawn Lynch because of how tough of a runner he is and how hard he is to bring down.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
TANIGAWA: The Rose Bowl, because I grew up in Pasadena always wishing to one day play in that stadium.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
TANIGAWA: I’m looking forward to seeing the skills I have learned through football translate into whatever career path I choose.