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: Nick Allegretti
College: University of Illinois
Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 320-pound junior offensive lineman
High School: Lincoln-Way East, Frankfort, Ill.
About Allegretti: Ever since he stepped on the field as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Allegretti has displayed the diversity to play both guard and center for the Illini. … Played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman at guard and center and also played defensive tackle in two games. … President of the Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. … Started all 12 games in 2016 and is on the AFCA and Rimmington watch lists this season. … Has started at guard and center this season and has been voted a team captain for five of the six games so far.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Allegretti: Beating Nebraska on a last-minute touchdown drive at home.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?
Allegretti: When I was younger my brother had a battle with leukemia so I have seen how hard it can be to battle tough diseases. My brother had leukemia and there were a lot of resources there to help him recover and get back to my healthy and happy brother. When I found out that there were diseases that did not have as much research and did not have as much help, I knew I had to do whatever I could to change it.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Allegretti: Singing the Alma Mater after a big win.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Allegretti: Joe Thomas. He is the best offensive lineman to play since I truly started following football.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Allegretti: Teddy Roosevelt or Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR was in office during the depression and WWII and he had an incredibly tough job that came with incredible decisions. I would love to hear his point of view on all the issues he experienced during his presidency. Teddy Roosevelt seems like one of the most interesting presidents that we have had and I feel like sitting with him and hearing stories about the Rough Riders would be amazing.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Allegretti: Nebraska is a great game day atmosphere.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?
Allegretti: I am finishing up my undergraduate degree in accounting this semester and then continuing with my masters in accounting. After football is over I plan on taking the CPA and pursuing a career in public accounting.
What is your perfect pizza?
Allegretti: Sausage and pepperoni
Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?
Allegretti: When it Rains It Pours by Luke Combs, In Color by Jamie Johnson, It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt
Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?
Allegretti: Miley Cyrus
If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?
Allegretti: Lebron James
What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw?
In the Mountains or on a Beach?