College: Stony Brook University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 195, senior, quarterback
High School: Lawrence HS in Long Island, NY
About John Kinder: A transfer from Syracuse University, Kinder already graduated from Syracuse in 2014 and is using his final year of college eligibility at Stony Brook to obtain a masters degree in higher education administration. A wide receiver and quarterback at Syracuse who appeared in four games, Kinder already had experience with Uplifting Athletes at his former school and is working hard to get the Stony Brook Chapter established. He’s appeared in five games this season for the Seawolves at quarterback, throwing for 356 yards and one touchdown. A standout high school quarterback, Kinder was the 2009 New York Class A Player of the Year and threw for more than 5,000 yards during his prep career.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
KINDER: As a player my favorite part of the game day experience is simply the feeling I get when I wake up in the morning knowing that it’s game day. As a football player you train extremely hard, from winter workouts into spring ball, then summer camp, and then in-season practices. We as football players appreciate game day so much because we put so much into it only to have a few opportunities to showcase all of this hard work.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
KINDER: My former teammate at Syracuse University, Eric Morris insisted I get involved with Uplifting Athletes when he discovered I was coming to Stony Brook. He knew I had a passion for serving others and he thought that along with it going toward a good cause, it would be a great way to jump right in and begin being a leader for my fellow teammates. It was an excellent suggestion on his part and I’m glad I got involved with Uplifting Athletes.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
KINDER: My most memorable experience as a college football player didn’t come on the playing field, it came in the classroom. As a freshman I struggled academically, I worked and worked to dig myself out of the hole I dug for myself in that first semester of my freshman year. My most memorable moment as a college football player came when I had my first 3.0 semester.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
KINDER: The toughest team I’ve ever faced would have to be USC, they had tons of talent all over the field and although we gave them a great game, in the end they were just too much for us to keep up with.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
KINDER: I enjoy watching Everett Golson, the quarterback of Notre Dame play. I think he throws the ball very well and what makes him an excellent player are those intangibles that you can’t coach such as his natural feel for the pocket and his running ability.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
KINDER: My favorite NFL player is Marshawn Lynch, because he plays every single snap with a passion and energy that you don’t often see his opponents match. I think he instills a fear in opposing defenses because of his aggressive, “dog mentality,” and demeanor on the field.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
KINDER: My favorite road stadium to play in is MetLife Stadium, home to the New York Giants and Jets.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
KINDER: Some things that I look forward to in life after football are having a family and one day being a great husband and father. In terms of a career, I look forward to helping facilitate growth and development in college students as they embark on their journey of self-discovery.