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: Triston Fairchild
College: Colgate University
Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 205-pound, senior, running back
High School: Papillion Lavista South in Papillion, Neb.
About Triston: For three years Triston has been a reserve running back for the Raiders with limited carries. His biggest production for Colgate has been on special teams. His coach called him a player” who always gave his best effort and did everything to make us better.” After participating in the Colgate Lift For Life twice, Triston took on a leadership role for the second oldest chapter in the Uplifting Athletes network. He attended the 2019 Leadership Development Conference and armed with a commitment to support the Rare Disease Community helped guide the 2018 Patriot League Champion Raiders to a successful 2019 Lift For Life as the Chapter President.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
FAIRCHILD: My most memorable experience was beating JMU in the 2018 FCS playoffs to advance to the quarterfinals. JMU was a strong team and we accomplished a lot for the program that year.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
FAIRCHILD: My immediate family has recently been affected by a rare disease, so I found that it was a great opportunity to use my platform as a college football player to help raise awareness and money for the cause.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
FAIRCHILD: Uplifting athletes has taught me that people care about the rare disease community and that when a program rallies together around a cause, change can be made for the betterment of those affected with a rare disease.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
FAIRCHILD: I would tell them to trust the process, there are always kids who play early and then there are late-bloomers, and that’s alright. One thing you cannot do is give up your self-confidence as a player as you transition to an elite level of talent.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
FAIRCHILD: Christian McCaffrey because his running style is so balanced and he is a fluid runner. As a runningback, I admire the combination of speed, balance, and power that he brings to the table and because Marshawn Lynch retired.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
FAIRCHILD: I would choose to have lunch with Mac Miller because he was a very influential artist and creative person, I feel like he would be a lot of fun and would be able to have good conversation.
TRISTON ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
FAIRCHILD: Thin crust meatlovers
All time favorite movie?
FAIRCHILD: A Bugs Life
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
FAIRCHILD: Which Wich
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
FAIRCHILD: New York Yankees
What is the most used app on your phone?