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: Jorge Portorreal
College: Lehigh University
Height, weight, class, position: 5-11, 190, junior, wide receiver
High School: St. Peter’s Prep in Union, N.J.
About Jorge: After two seasons with the Mountain Hawks, Jorge has emerged as a go-to receiver. In addition to be a consistent performer as a wideout, he also returns kickoffs and punts. As a freshman in 2017 he appeared in all 12 games, made seven starts and finished with 56 catches for 729 yards and a touchdown. As a sophomore he led the team in receptions (55) and yards (794) with three touchdowns. He was a First Team All-Patriot League selection in 2018. … In the early stages of possibly starting an Uplifting Athletes Chapter at Lehigh, Jorge was one of the players in the team room that stepped forward and said he was inspired by the cause of serving the Rare Disease Community and is willing to volunteer for a leadership role. He attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference in 2019 and as the Lehigh Chapter President oversaw the inaugural Lift For Life earlier this year.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
PORTORREAL: Winning a Patriot League championship.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
PORTORREAL: Once I became aware of the situation at hand, I recognized the opportunity I had to get involved and could not hesitate to help and spread awareness and raise money with my brothers.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
PORTORREAL: Uplifting Athletes enabled me to meet other student-athletes from different cultures, perspectives, and teams while gifting me the opportunity to assist the Rare Disease Community.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
PORTORREAL: Get ready for the most memorable moments in your life.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
PORTORREAL: Antonio Brown, simply because his work ethic and the level of preparation that he puts into the game of football. I love how he was someone who was very overlooked and worked his way to be the top receiver in the NFL. His versatility is something that I try to model my game after, being able to play in the slot, outside WR, punt returner, kick returner, etc.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
PORTORREAL: I would have lunch with Travis Scott. I just love the demeanor and energy he brings to the people around him and how he goes about his business. He is someone who is an originator, his creativity is unmatched which explains why he is so different than others. I see this in my personal life with being ok having differences and expanding creativity while being confident whether that is on or off the field. I really want to pick his brain a bit on what drives him to be who he is and how he does that with millions of people watching consistently.
JORGE ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
PORTORREAL: Buffalo Chicken with hot sauce
All time favorite movie?
PORTORREAL: The Home Alone series
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
PORTORREAL: Pittsburgh Steelers
What is the most used app on your phone?