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: JD Bertrand
College: University of Notre Dame
Height, weight, class, position: 6-1, 228 pounds, sophomore, linebacker
High School: Blessed Trinity High School in Alpharetta, Georgia
About JD: The linebacker saw action in four games as a true freshman on special teams in 2019 after heading to Notre Dame as one of the Top 20 linebackers in the country in his recruiting class. JD made his college debut at home against Bowling Green. Part of a team that won back-to-back Georgia Class AAAA State Championships in 2017 and 2018, JD became a leader for the Notre Dame Chapter after one season and campus and attended the 2020 Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
BERTRAND: The first time doing the Notre Dame walk and running out onto the field.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
BERTRAND: A lot of the older guys on the team spoke highly of the organization and I was interested in finding something where I could give back to others.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
BERTRAND: I learned how much can be done if the money raised is used well.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
BERTRAND: Don’t worry about recruiting. Just focus on your game and developing yourself. If you do that, then coaches will come.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
BERTRAND: Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly because he has such a strong mental knowledge of the game.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
BERTRAND: I would take either Tim Grover or David Goggins to hear their advice and to pick their brain.
JD ON THE HOT SEAT
What is your perfect pizza?
BERTRAND: Cheese with veggies
All time favorite movie?
BERTRAND: Lone Survivor
What is your go-to fast food restaurant?
Favorite sports team (any sport)?
BERTRAND: Atlanta Falcons
What is the most used app on your phone?