Name: Conor Bednarski
College: Stony Brook University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 220 pounds, senior, QB
High School: South Pasadena, California
About Conor Bednarski: A 2010 graduate of South Pasadena HS, Bednarski threw for nearly 4,000 yards in high school and attended Fullerton College for two years before coming to Stony Brook. The President of the Uplifting Athletes Chapter is a leader on and off the field for the Seawolves as they prepare to hold their Touchdown Pledge Drive. After throwing for more than 4,000 yards and 36 touchdowns in two years at Fullerton, Bednarski took a redshirt his first year at Stony Brook in 2013 before playing in all 12 games last season – including being the starter for the final eight. The senior had offseason shoulder surgery, but stayed on campus all summer to get ready for the 2015 season and will be the Seawolves QB this year.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
BEDNARSKI: Our fans and band provide a great game day atmosphere for us, showing up rain or shine to get us going and support the team. From what I hear, the band puts on a heck of a halftime show too!
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
BEDNARSKI: I was motivated by our former quarterback John Kinder to get involved with Uplifting Athletes when he told me about the cause and how overlooked Medulloblastoma is. It provided me with a great opportunity to help out and use the platform of college football to help those who are not being helped.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
BEDNARSKI: I have a lot of great memories from my time at Stony Brook. But one recent memory that stands out is our Lift for Life event that we held at the end of April this year. It was great to see the whole team get behind such a great cause. We had the weight room rocking when our Strength Coach Miguel [Rivera] got on the bench press with 446 pounds loaded up.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
BEDNARSKI: One of the toughest teams we played last year was New Hampshire because they have great athletes all over the field and are well coached. They know their schemes and execute them well.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
BEDNARSKI: I am a Technological Systems Management major here at Stony Brook. In our major we have spent a great deal of time working in groups and learning about different leadership methods, these skills have directly contributed to working with the other members of our chapter.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
BEDNARSKI: I don’t watch much college football nowadays but one of my favorite players ever was Vince Young. He put on a show in the 2006 Rose Bowl.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
BEDNARSKI: Aaron Rodgers. He’s a California guy who went to Junior College just like me. The way he controls that offense and consistently makes the right decision is great to watch.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
BEDNARSKI: Gotta go with Towson, just because the food on that trip was so good. Nothing like Maryland crab.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
BEDNARSKI: Getting an opportunity to dedicate myself to another craft and put the time in to master it. Travel the world and see new places. And learn how to surf, something every Californian is apparently required to do.