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: Nolan Cooney
College: Syracuse University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 201-pound, redshirt junior, punter/placekicker
High School: East Greenwich High School, East Greenwich, R.I.
About Nolan: Shortly after arriving at Syracuse Nolan became involved with Uplifting Athletes. He has served in a leadership role for three years and provides invaluable leadership and experience on behalf of the Rare Disease Community as the Vice President of the Syracuse Chapter. Nolan attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He has been part of three Lift For Life events and has a passion for using his platform and voice to serve others through his own experiences. … In his second year as the holder for one of the better overall kicking games in the country. Nolan is unique in that he can punt and place kick if necessary. He is a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection, a five-time member of the Syracuse Athletic Director’s honor roll and in 2017 and 2018 was a member of SAAC.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
COONEY: The turnaround of Syracuse football. Following consecutive losing seasons, the team meshed last season and we won 10 games.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
COONEY: I was introduced to Uplifting Athletes by my teammates. I found a connection with my own life, as I am a testicular cancer survivor. Uplifting Athletes and I share similar passions. Using sports, specifically college football, to raise awareness also affords me the opportunity to use my platform to share my story and the importance athletics plays in it.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
COONEY: Through Uplifting Athletes, I’ve been privileged to attend the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference. During that time I was able to collaborate and connect with so many different football players from around the country. I learned that all the athletes go through similar situations, and through all the high and lows, everybody has similar experiences.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
COONEY: Playing college football is an amazing experience and privilege. Utilize playing college football to your advantage. You are part of a very select group, make sure you take advantage of it.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
COONEY: New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. He’s a workhorse who capitalized on his opportunity. He’s gritty determined and focused.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
COONEY: Patriots coach Bill Belichick. He is the ultimate leader and his success in NFL is unmatched at the highest level of competition. He finds the best attributes and skill in players and coaches to their strengths.
NOLAN ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
COONEY: Cheese Pizza. Simply the Gold Standard … NYC Thin Crust
All time favorite movie?
COONEY: Shawshank Redemption
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
COONEY: Boston Red Sox
What is the most used app on your phone?