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: Zach Lucas
College: Stony Brook University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 240-pound, redshirt senior, tight end
High School: Old Tappan High School, Northvale, N.J.
About Zach: Each of the last three seasons has appeared in double-digit games for the Seawolves and will finish his career with nearly 35 appearances. Two years ago he appeared in 11 games on special teams, last season he saw action in the same number of games at tight end and recorded his first collegiate reception. This season the New Jersey native has made nine catches for 71 yards – both career-high numbers. Zach participated in the Stony Brook Chapter Lift For Life before joining the leadership team in 2018. He learned the details behind running a chapter and the importance of the Rare Disease Community to the SeaWolves’ football program. He took over as the Chapter President in 2019 and attended the Leadership Development Conference in January of 2019 before overseeing the Stony Brook Chapter Lift For Life this past spring.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
LUCAS: My most memorable experience as a college football player was my first career start. I was faced with trials and tribulations but ultimately overcame them to become a starting tight end for Stony Brook.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
LUCAS: As a college football player we have a platform to create change and help others.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
LUCAS: I learned to appreciate the little things more. Getting to meet people with rare diseases it was inspiring. From the joyful spirit about life you couldn’t even tell all the pain and suffering them have been to. It was incredible.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
LUCAS: You have to take advantage of the opportunity. The life lessons you learn and relationships you build will last a lifetime. It isn’t always easy, but it’s unmatched to anything I’ve been a part of.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
LUCAS: Tom Brady. He is the GOAT!
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
LUCAS: Warren Buffet; I would love to absorb some of the knowledge about finances and life from him.
ZACH ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
LUCAS: Extra Meat Lovers
All time favorite movie?
LUCAS: Dodge Ball
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
LUCAS: Taco Bell
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
LUCAS: Philadelphia Eagles
What is the most used app on your phone?