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: Trace McSorley
College: Penn State University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 195-pound junior quarterback
High School: Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, Va.
About McSorley: Came to Penn State after winning three state championships in Virginia as a four-year starter. The Nittany Lions promised him a shot to play quarterback. … In his second year as a starter after guiding PSU to Big Ten Championship in 2016 as a redshirt sophomore. Threw for a school single-season record 3,614 yards in his first year as a starter. … Co-President of the Penn State Chapter. … Rated as one of the Top 20 quarterbacks in the country in passer rating, touchdown passes and passing yards.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
McSorley: Being up on the podium celebrating the Big Ten Championship with my teammates and then continuing the celebration into the locker room.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you? McSorley: My parents always preached to me that football was a great platform to be able to do something lasting in life and once I heard about uplifting athletes and the impact it makes on the rare disease community, it was a no brainer to get involved. Just meeting different guys who share the want to help in the community from around the country and being able to form lasting relationships with some of them has been amazing.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
McSorley: Running into the stadium with the crowd going crazy and fireworks being shot off from above.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
McSorley: Drew Brees, similar play style and also similar stature as far as him beating the stigma of being “too short”
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
McSorley: Sean Taylor, was my favorite player growing up and still one of my all time favorites.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
McSorley: That’s tough, I’d probably say Iowa even though it was incredibly hard to play there, and the atmosphere is just unreal.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?
McSorley: To have a job that I love and am passionate about.
What is your perfect pizza?
McSorley: Pepperoni and sausage
Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?
McSorley: The whole Future and Young Thug album “Super Slimey”
Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?
McSorley: Taylor Swift
If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?
McSorley: Lebron James
What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw?
McSorley: American Made
In the Mountains or on a Beach?