Name: Cole Cook
College: North Carolina State University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-6, 250 pounds, sophomore, TE
High School: Carrallton High School, Carrallton, Georgia
About Cole Cook: Ranked as one of the top 30 tight ends in the country coming out of high school as part of the 2014 recruiting class, Cook saw plenty of action as a true freshman for the Wolfpack. Part of the leadership team for the Uplifting Athletes NC State Chapter, Cook saw action in all 13 games last season as a true freshman including two starts. During the offseason he helped organize the NC State Lift For Life and attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Retreat in Chicago. A 2013 Georgia Class 4A All-State selection his senior year, Cook is logging regular minutes as a starter this season and recently made three catches in a game for his first collegiate receptions.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
COOK: My favorite part of game day is winning a big game and walking past the student section and giving everybody high fives. Then we go into the locker room and celebrate as a team. It is the best feeling in the world to know that you and your teammates have accomplished what we worked so hard to do during the week.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
COOK: As student-athletes we have unbelievable influence in our community. I thought getting involved with Uplifting Athletes would be a fantastic opportunity to make a difference. Being involved with Uplifting Athletes has made me realize how truly lucky I am to get to be able to play this game, as well as educate me on the impact of rare diseases on Americans.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
COOK: My most memorable experience so far as a college football player would have to be our win last year over UNC. I played more plays than I had all season, and I played my best football of the whole season. It was a great win for our team against our rival, and it gave us some great momentum heading into our bowl game.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play, and what makes them so difficult?
COOK: Last year I would say Clemson was our toughest opponent. They had a phenomenal defense and completely dominated us the entire day. Needless to say it was not a fun game. As far as each year, Clemson and Florida State are always good teams that we know we must play well against.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
COOK: I am majoring in Sport Management and minoring in Business Administration. Good communication and organization are two important things in these areas I have used any time I am helping to organize a Uplifting Athletes event for our chapter.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
COOK: Dontavius Russell at Auburn is someone I always enjoy watching. He was my high school teammate and graduated with me. I like seeing him make plays on TV before or after our game.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
COOK: Jason Witten, tight end for the Cowboys. He is a Christian, tough, and a great player. He is someone I have always tried to model my game after.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
COOK: I have only played one season, but last year I really enjoyed playing at Louisville. It is a cool stadium with a great atmosphere, plus I had never seen it before. It was a fun place to play a game.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
COOK: I don’t have it all figured out yet, but I hope to be working in football, specifically for a college football program. I would like to work in operations, recruiting, or something similar although I do not want to coach. I also hope to get married at some point and start a family. I definitely want to keep football a part of my life even after I am done playing if at all possible. I am looking forward to making the most of any opportunities that God gives me. I know He has a plan for my life.