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: George Hatalowich
College: Davidson College
Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 210-pound junior linebacker
High School: Lower Dauphin High School in Hummelstown, Pa.
About Hatalowich: In two years with the Wildcats has started 13 of 22 games at linebacker and has more than 100 total tackles entering this season. … Last year was a Pioneer Football League All-Conference honorable mention as a sophomore and also was named to the PFL All-Academic honor roll. In each of his first two seasons at Davidson had at least one game where he registered double-digit tackles in a game. … Part of the leadership team that launched the Davidson Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. … Was an All-State Academic Team selection in high school and a two-time conference first-team all-star.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Hatalowich: My first collegiate start against Jacksonville my freshman year when a ton of my family was there to support me.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes? Hatalowich: I had several teammates from my high school go onto college and start their school’s chapter. When we came home from break, I got the opportunity to talk to them about Uplifting Athletes and what the organization was about. Immediately, I loved everything the organization stood for, especially the idea of being a part of something that is bigger than the game of football.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
Hatalowich: Through Uplifting Athletes, my experience has taught me about leadership, communication, and surrounding yourself with great individuals. Throughout developing the Davidson Chapter, I had to step into a role to motivate my teammates, and coaches towards something that was never done at Davidson. I had to continually lead the team in the right direction in order for the chapter to flourish and be successful. It also forced me in a position to communicate and expresses different ideas and thoughts to players, coaches, and administration. Lastly, I knew building an Uplifting Athletes chapter was going to be a very tough, yet exciting task. I knew that in order to successfully build chapter, I needed to surround myself with a group of teammates that would help build the foundation of our Chapter and be major catalysts in the entire process. If it wasn’t for these individuals, I don’t think the chapter would have been as successfull as it was this past year.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Hatalowich: The time in the lockerroom before warm-ups when it’s just the team. No fans, officials, or band, just the team together listening to music and getting mentally prepared.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Hatalowich: My favorite NFL player is Antonio Brown, because he brings so much excitement and passion to the game.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Hatalowich: My Grandfather, he passed away before I was born and I would love to talk to him about all the stories I was told over the years.
What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?
Hatalowich: San Diego, because never before have I ever played in California, by the ocean, and with palm trees beside the video board.
HOT SEAT QUESTIONS
What is your perfect pizza?
Hatalowich: Buffalo Chicken Pizza!
Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?
Hatalowich: It Just Comes Natural – George Straight; Better off Gone – Logan Mize and YOSEMITE – Travis Scott
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
Hatalowich: Pittsburgh Steelers.
What is the most used app on your phone?
No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?
Hatalowich: Work in the finance or consulting industry somewhere in the southeast.