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: Steven Farrell
College: University of Pennsylvania
Height, weight, class, position: 6-foot-4, 205-pound, senior, wide receiver
High School: Pasack Valley HS in Hillsdale, New Jersey
About Farrell: A two-sport standout coming out of high school, Farrell played football and lacrosse. After sitting out his freshman year, the wide receiver appeared in 10 games as a sophomore in 2016 with four catches. … Last season he became a starter for the Quakers and had his first collegiate touchdown, a 31-yard grab against Cornell on November 18, 2017. Part of the leadership team for the Penn Chapter of Uplifting Athletes and aspires to be a doctor. … This season Farrell has emerged as a go-to target with 38 catches and more than 500 receiving yards with a pair of touchdowns. Had his first career 100-yard game in a victory over Yale with seven receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Farrell: One of my most memorable experiences as a college football player was my freshman year when we were playing Princeton at home. We were tied and Princeton was kicking a field goal during the final seconds of the fourth quarter and our linebacker Donnie Panciello blocked it. Then in OT we scored the game winning touchdown and I think experiencing that as a freshman really cemented my love for Penn football.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
Farrell: The older guys on our team who were involved with Uplifting Athletes caught my attention as well as Dr. (David) Fajgenbaum, who I was lucky enough to do research with my sophomore summer. He speaks to our team each year and his fight against Castleman disease is a big reason why I am involved with Uplifting Athletes.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
Farrell: I have learned that it is important to use your platform and whatever other resources you have available to help others. I am extremely fortunate to be an Ivy League student-athlete and I would be doing a disservice if I didn’t try to help people in different circumstances. Being involved with UA to help raise money for rare diseases is a way for me to use my voice and platform to help others.
As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?
Farrell: My favorite part of the game day experience is seeing the final seconds tick off the scoreboard and celebrating a win with my brothers because we play for each other.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Farrell: My favorite NFL player is Damon “Snacks” Harrison because his nickname is funny, and he is on the Giants.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
Farrell: I would have lunch with my grandpa who died when I was too young to remember him. I can see how much my mom and grandma loved him, and I can only imagine what it would be like to talk to him now. I think he would have had a significant impact on my life and I think about him a lot.
What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?
Farrell: My favorite road stadium that I’ve played in is Dartmouth. The night games there are awesome and they have a great atmosphere, and although the bus ride back home is long, it’s peaceful and makes the win all the more worthwhile.
HOT SEAT QUESTIONS
What is your perfect pizza?
Farrell: Chicken-bacon-ranch from Francesca’s in River Vale, New Jersey
Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?
Farrell: Freestyle by Lil Baby, Good Life by Collie Buddz, and DEEPER THAN RAP by YG
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
Farrell: University of Pennsylvania Football
What is the most used app on your phone?
Farrell: XOS ThunderCloud
No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?
Farrell: Be in my 4th year of medical school applying for residency positions