Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
Name: Zack Mahoney
College: Syracuse University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 217-pound senior quarterback
High School: Lyons Township in LaGrange Park, Illinois
About Mahoney: After one year playing at a junior college, Mahoney enrolled at Syracuse as a walk-on in January 2015. … Has appeared in 18 career game with seven starts and has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards with 15 touchdowns. … Three of his seven career starts are against Top 25 teams. … Was given a scholarship prior to 2016 season. … Shares the school record for touchdown passes in a single game with five. … President of the Syracuse Chapter and a current member of SAAC.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Mahoney: My most memorable experience was receiving a scholarship from Coach (Dino) Babers.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
Mahoney: I have a friend back home, Blake, who has a rare disease, Niemann Pic-C, and I have seen how rare diseases affect families first hand. I wanted to be able to help those in the Syracuse area who were going through something similar to Blake. This experience has really opened my eyes up to the true power of sports and the impact it has on our communities.
.As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Mahoney: Running out of the tunnel. There is no feeling like running out of some smoke to 30,000 screaming fans.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Mahoney: Tom Brady. He was questioned a lot coming out of college and did nothing but work hard to become the greatest NFL quarterback of all time.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Mahoney: Big Cat and PFT. They are some true football guys guys. I think it would be a very entertaining meal.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Mahoney: Clemson. They had a very nice atmosphere and it was one of the nicer road fields I have played on.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?
Mahoney: I want to play football for as a long as I can. I want football to be a part of my life for as long as I am living. With all that being said, I would also love to help as many people as I can through the power of football.
What is your perfect pizza?
Mahoney: Girodano’s, Chicago deep dish pizza
Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?
Mahoney: AC/DC: Thunderstruck, Cardi B: Bodak Yellow, Jesse McCartney: Beautiful Soul
Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?
Mahoney: Miley Cyrus
If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?
Mahoney: Rob Gronkowski, he is a wonderful football player and really knows how to send it
What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw?
Mahoney: Hitman’s Bodyguard, our coach made us go see it
In the Mountains or on a Beach?
What’s the last picture you took with your phone?
Mahoney: A picture of my dog