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: Chris Stoll
College: Penn State University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 245-pound, sophomore, long snapper
High School: St. Francis DeSales, Westerville, Ohio
About Chris: Took over the full-time long snapper duties this season, becoming one of 21 Nittany Lions to make their collegiate debut in 2019. He has appeared in all eight games this season. Chris had a passion for the cause when he arrived at Penn State. His grandfather suffers from a rare disease, so the sophomore understands the impact a rare disease can have on a family. Afforded the platform of being a starter, Chris was aware of the tradition of the Penn State Chapter and became part of the leadership group. He attended the Leadership Development Conference in 2019 and currently serves at the PSU Chapter vice President.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
STOLL: Making a tackle on punt coverage in the 2019 “Whiteout” game against Michigan.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
STOLL: My grandpa suffers from a rare disease, so if I can make any sort of impact on the future of my grandpa’s health then I will, because I know how much it can affect a person and their loved ones.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
STOLL: I’ve learned that Uplifting Athletes is doing a lot of work in order to get more research started and awareness raised, which I think will be even more impactful in the future.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
STOLL: For my position as a specialist, you really need to have good academics and need to go to college camps and perform well to get noticed. You always have to be at your best, but being in shape and showing your athleticism is very important.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
STOLL: New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees because of his consistency in his preparation and the longevity of his career. Also the importance of his faith and family, which is what I hope for later in life.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
STOLL: Jesus Christ because I would want to ask him important life questions.
CHRIS ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
STOLL: New York style pizza
All time favorite movie?
STOLL: Dark Knight
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
STOLL: Skyline Chili
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
STOLL: Columbus Blue Jackets
What is the most used app on your phone?