NC State Chapter Leader Thomas Ruocchio values opportunity to come together and support a common cause


When NC State tight end Thomas Ruocchio headed to Philadelphia for his first Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference in 2017, he was anticipating a weekend of business and logistics meetings.

Four years later, the outgoing NC State Chapter President appreciates the weekend of connecting with other college football student-athletes bound together by the rare disease cause.

The 2020 conference, held in late January, was Ruocchio’s fourth as a chapter leader and gives him the unique distinction of attending the single most Leadership Development Conferences by a student-athlete.

“I remember the first time I came, I thought this was going to be all about business and logistics,” Ruocchio said. “I’ve learned over my coming four times there is a logistical aspect to this because there has to be. But even more than just the nuts and bolts of running a chapter, it’s about becoming a leader and getting some valuable life skills for everyone involved.”

The annual Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference provides an opportunity for college football student-athlete leaders from different schools to develop relationships that stretch beyond the field, absorb enhanced mission and vision knowledge based on Uplifting Athletes’ four programs and plot a chapter strategy for the upcoming year.

Ruocchio is drawn to the relationships established at the conference and the ability to have 30-40 guys going through the same experiences on different campuses around the country sharing those unique aspects of their journey.

“I was telling my mom about this conference before this year, about what a unique opportunity this is,” Ruocchio said. “The only way to share what you are going through as a college football player is with a teammate. And he’s going through the exact same experience you are.

“Here in Atlanta this year, you get to hear about 30-something unique individual experiences from guys at 20 different football programs. I really enjoy being able to hear everybody’s unique story. It’s a chance to come together to support a common cause and to each share our unique individual stories. You can’t get that anywhere else.”

This year because the conference had an odd number of student-athletes, as the veteran of the group, Ruocchio was offered his own room. But part of the charm of this conference, in his opinion, is being paired up with a roommate from a different school each year.

“I could have probably come to one or two of these and been able to run our chapter at NC State. It’s run so well and we are given all the right tools to be successful at this conference,” he said. “Coming back for the whole experience and meeting people has kept me coming back. I’m sad it’s my last one as a player and chapter leader.”

A lot has changed at Uplifting Athletes during Ruocchio’s tenure as a chapter leader at NC State. His four years of experience has helped, but overall he sees the leadership conference as a strong foundation to have a successful year as a chapter. And recent additions, such as the player panel and an Uplifting Experience, provides an all-around better foundation for young chapter leaders.

“My favorite part has always been the player panel. I always find the questions are so real-life and you don’t run into too many people on campus who can provide you those real-life answers to some of those questions we have about life after football,” Ruocchio said. “I’m on the cusp of being that guy who will start a life after football with the clock ticking, it’s been so valuable to hear from others.”

From a fundraising perspective, the four programs and the Young Investigator Draft have also helped everybody from teammates, to compliance, to each individual donor understand the value of each dollar raised and how it’s being put to good use.

“It’s helped from my perspective as a chapter leader so much to see exactly how the organization is using some of the funds we raise at the chapter level. It’s also given me a much more personal connection to the cause,” Ruocchio said. “Instead of just focusing on raising cash, we are able to connect to the cause. It’s a much clearer understanding of what we are doing together. Early on as a chapter leader I couldn’t really see the entire picture and I don’t know if that was just me being a young chapter leader or what? But I know and understand the cause and our part much clearer today.”

On behalf of the Rare Disease Community we serve, Uplifting Athletes would like to thank Thomas for his dedicated commitment and service to the rare disease cause during his time as a college football student-athlete at NC State.

39 Uplifting Athletes Chapter Leaders put through paces in Atlanta during 11th annual Leadership Development Conference


The cornerstone of the Uplifting Leaders program is our network of Chapters on campuses across the country led by college football student-athletes.

This past weekend, 39 leaders from 20 schools gathered in Atlanta for a high impact and fast paced weekend of learning and development during our 11th annual Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.

The 2020 conference provided an opportunity for our Chapter leadership to develop relationships that stretch beyond the football field, to absorb enhanced mission and vision insight based on Uplifting Athletes’ four programs – Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders – and to plot a chapter strategy for 2020.

“The difference for me this year was it’s a new group of guys mostly, but you establish similar quality of relationships,” said Clemson Chapter leader and Tigers’ long snapper Jack Maddox, who was attending his second conference. “I have a year of experience now, so I know more about what’s going on. I’m not overwhelmed as much and I know what we can and can’t do at our chapter. It’s such a valuable weekend.”

Following a meet-and-greet dinner Friday night, the conference kicked off Saturday with a full day of programming. Four breakout sessions led by Uplifting Athletes staff were followed by an “entering the real world” question-and-answer session with former college athletes.

The highlight of Saturday was the Uplifting Experience at the College Football Hall of Fame where 24 rare disease patients, caregivers and families were connected with the Chapter leaders to spend a couple hours experiencing the Hall of Fame together.

“I loved that the athletes had an opportunity to meet individuals with rare diseases outside of a hospital setting,” said Carol Unger, whose 32-year-old son Matthew is diagnosed with the ultra rare disease WAGR Syndrome. “I feel it is important to note that our children grow up, although some may still be at the maturity level of a 7 or 8 year old, and cherish those opportunities to meet with folks from the outside world.”

The first day of the conference closed out with a work session on three of Uplifting Athletes’ main events – Lift For Life, Reps For Rare Diseases and Touchdown Pledge Drive.

“Since Penn State is such an established chapter, my journey here is to learn what else can we do next to help support the Rare Disease Community,” said Penn State Chapter leader and long snapper Chris Stoll, who is in line to be the next PSU Chapter President taking over for quarterback Sean Clifford.

“I’m very excited to be more involved at another level. Sean did a great job and put a lot into it. But he’s our starting quarterback now and that’s a big job. I’m pumped to be here again and to meet so many guys who have passion for the rare disease cause and for using their platform to make a difference. And I’m very excited to get more involved at the next level.”

Sunday started with Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a former Uplifting Athletes Young Investigator Draft grant recipient, founder of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network and rare disease research pioneer, sharing his story via a live video conference.

The conference wrapped up with some additional highlights of Uplifting Athletes’ programming that is available to support the rare disease cause and a work session to kick off 2020 at the chapter level.

A special thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who made this conference possible, Deloitte, Sanofi Genzyme, Jean Campbell and JFC Consulting and the College Football Hall of Fame. With your help, these young men are making a difference in the Rare Disease Community.

Beyond The Trophy: Get to know Clemson Chapter Vice President and long snapper Jack Maddox


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: Jack Maddox

College: Clemson University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-3, 225-pounds, redshirt sophomore, long snapper

High School: Acton-Boxborough Regional in Acton, Mass.

About Jack: A two-time Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Honor Roll selection, Jack has appeared in a dozen games on special teams the last two seasons for the Tigers after a redshirt year in 2017. He made his collegiate debut against NC State in 2018 and this season has appeared in 10 games for Clemson on special teams. This season against NC State he recorded his first fumble recovery on a muffed punt. Jack became a chapter leader at Clemson following the 2018 season. He took over the role of Vice President for the Clemson Chapter and assisted in landing NFL prospects to be part of Reps For Rare Diseases 2019 and helped oversee the Tigers’ Lift For Life in the summer. Jack attended the Leadership Development Conference in January of 2019 and is making sure the defending National Champions use their platform as college football student athletes to serve and inspire hope in the Rare Disease Community.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

MADDOX: Winning the National Championship in 2018.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

MADDOX: The opportunity to make a difference in someone else’s life.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

MADDOX: How influential the platform of college football is to serve and bring attention to the Rare Disease Community.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

MADDOX: Dream big and work hard. It is only unthinkable if you don’t think it.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

MADDOX: Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys. One of the best tight ends of all time and does so much off the field.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

MADDOX: Arnold Palmer. I would love to talk golf and get to know one of the most beloved men in sports.

JACK ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

MADDOX: Pepperoni and mushroom

All time favorite movie?

MADDOX: Christmas Vacation

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

MADDOX: McDonald’s

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

MADDOX: Dallas Cowboys

What is the most used app on your phone?

MADDOX: Venmo

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Colgate Chapter President and running back Triston Fairchild


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?

FAIRCHILD: Instagram

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Clemson Chapter President and punter Will Spiers


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: Will Spiers

College: Clemson University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-5, 225-pound, redshirt junior, punter

High School: Calhoun Academy in Cameron, S.C.

About Will: The former walk-on who played quarterback and punter in high school, Will is now in his third year as the Tigers’ No. 1 punter. An All-ACC Academic selection during his career who has averaged nearly 41 yards per kick, Will is having his best season ever in 2019. He’s averaging 42.3 yards per kick and his net average is above 40 yards per kick as well. He’s dropped nine punts inside the 20, has eight boots of more than 50 yards and has only two touchbacks. Will has served the Rare Disease Community for two years in a leadership position for the Clemson Chapter. He took over as the Chapter President in 2019 after attending the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference in 2018 and 2019.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

SPIERS: Playing in the 2018 College Football National Championship game.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

SPIERS: The opportunity to be in a leadership role where the ultimate objective was to help others.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

SPIERS: A lot about the Rare Disease Community and how our platform as college football players can have a big impact on them.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

SPIERS: Never give up and learn how to work hard in every aspect of life.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

SPIERS: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. He’s the GOAT.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

SPIERS: LeBron James to learn about him as a person and a player.

WILL ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

SPIERS: Meat Lovers

All time favorite movie?

SPIERS: The Patriot

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

SPIERS: Chick-fil-A

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

SPIERS: Houston Astros

What is the most used app on your phone?

SPIERS: Instagram

Uplifting Athletes team expands with hiring of Baylor Chapter founder Levi Norwood as Chapter Success Manager


Uplifting Athletes is excited to welcome Levi Norwood to our team in the role of Chapter Success Manager.

Levi is a former student-athlete at Baylor where he played football and basketball. During his time at Baylor he was inspired by a high school classmate battling Cerebral Palsy and, in early 2014, founded the Baylor Uplifting Athletes Chapter.

His passion and commitment to the rare disease cause started more than a half-decade ago, so when the opportunity to dedicate himself full-time to the Rare Disease Community as a member of the Uplifting Athletes team materialized, Levi was excited for the chance to serve.

“Since my time as a student-athlete at Baylor, I have been involved with Uplifting Athletes. First while in grad school trying to get the Baylor chapter rolling again and then getting guys interested while working in the athletic department at New Mexico,” said Norwood, who was a Rare Disease Champion Award finalist in 2015. “When Brett (Brackett) brought up the idea of working full-time with Uplifting Athletes, for me it was a no brainer.”

At Uplifting Athletes, Levi will be responsible for overseeing the success of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters while working diligently to elevate the rare disease cause as a national priority through the organization’s mission.

“Uplifting Athletes is fortunate to add a valuable piece to our team with the hiring of Levi Norwood,” Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long said. “Levi brings a passion for the rare disease cause and a familiarity with the organization that will make for a seamless transition to his full-time position. His unique skill set and a high level of emotional intelligence make him a perfect addition to help move the organization onward and upward.”

Levi received his undergraduate degree in 2014 from Baylor University where he obtained a B.A. in Public Relations. He obtained his graduate degree, M.Ed. in Sport Management, in 2018.

On the football field at Baylor, Levi was a part of the winningest class in school history and helped Baylor win their first two Big 12 Conference Championships in 2013 and 2014. As the primary punt returner, he holds the school record for career punt return touchdowns (2) and as a receiver caught 128 passes and scored 11 touchdowns. He also has one career point for the Baylor Bears basketball team.

After his career at Baylor, Levi spent a short time in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Pittsburgh Steelers.

Like many coaches’ kids, Levi does not consider one place home but currently resides in Waco, Texas. Prior to joining Uplifting Athletes as a full-time employee on November 18th, Levi worked in higher education at the University of New Mexico and most recently Baylor University.

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Florida State Chapter President and linebacker DeCalon Brooks


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: DeCalon Brooks

College: Florida State University

Height, weight, class, position: 5-10, 209-pound, redshirt sophomore, linebacker

High School: Gaither High School in Tampa, Fla.

About DeCalon: Became an impact player for the Seminoles as a redshirt freshman in 2018 by appearing in 11 games and making seven starts. Earned ACC Linebacker of the Week for his stellar career day against Louisville. DeCalon is the son of Derrick Brooks, a member of the NFL and Florida State Hall of Fame. This season he has appeared in 11 games and has 15 tackles. When the FSU program went through a transition of leadership, DeCalon Brooks stepped forward and took a leadership role in helping Uplifting Athletes remain a part of the Seminoles’ program. The Tampa native attended the 2019 Leadership Development Conference and was inspired by the rare disease cause and the programming to make something happen. This summer Florida State held a Lift For Life after a one-year absence on the calendar and Brooks, the President of the FSU Chapter, played an instrumental role in making the event to support the Rare Disease Community happen.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

BROOKS: Getting my first sack against Louisville in 2018.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

BROOKS: I wanted to join when I heard Uplifting Athlete helps fund research for diseases and it is a great way to serve the community and collaborate with different teams.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

BROOKS: I learned it is really bigger than football and that we can use our platform to better other people’s lives.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

BROOKS: I would tell them if they didn’t play a down of football, what college would they go to? Because you are going to spend the next 3-4 years of your life at college. So you want to make sure that university will better you academically, athletically and as a man.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

BROOKS: Von Miller is one of my favorite players. He has a lot of passion for the game and it shows on the field.

DECALON ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

BROOKS: Pepperoni

All time favorite movie?

BROOKS: New Jack City

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

BROOKS: Whataburger

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

BROOKS: In basketball it’s the Heat, and in football the Bucs

What is the most used app on your phone?

BROOKS: Snapchat

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Stony Brook Chapter President and tight end Zach Lucas


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?

LUCAS: Instagram

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and linebacker Drew White


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: Drew White

College: University of Notre Dame

Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 230-pound, junior, linebacker

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas in Boca Raton, Florida

About Drew: After appearing in four games a redshirt freshman for the Fighting Irish in 2018, Drew has taken over a full-time starter at linebacker this season. Through nine games he’s second on the team in tackles with 55, leads Notre Dame with 8.0 tackles for a loss and has pair of sacks. Drew participated in the inaugural Notre Dame Chapter Lift For Life in 2018 and was inspired to take on a bigger role for the Fighting Irish Chapter. He volunteered to become a Chapter Leader and attended the Leadership Development Conference in January of 2019. Drew is motivated by the rare disease cause, wanted to make a difference and is inspired by the children who attend the Uplifting Experience at the Notre Dame Chapter Bowling Event. He was instrumental in Notre Dame’s record-breaking Lift For Life in 2019 and provides a strong voice from his platform on behalf of the Rare Disease Community.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

WHITE: My most memorable experience in my college football career thus far was replacing Drue Tranquil in the 2018 Navy game and having my first shot at playing middle linebacker for Notre Dame.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

WHITE: I wanted to use the platform I was granted to help and inspire kids with rare diseases.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

WHITE: I’ve learned that these kids who have been dealt the worst of hands are the toughest individuals I know and they keep on inspiring me.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

WHITE: Be first class in every aspect of your life as a student athlete. Don’t cut corners. Go to class, meet with professors, do extra in the weightroom, and be in film study. Yes, it is hard but the results from your hardwork will be evident.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

WHITE: My favorite NFL player is Leighton Vander Esch of the Dallas Cowboys because he plays sideline to sideline, is a leader and has a certain attitude that one needs to play linebacker.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

WHITE: I would have lunch with Denzel Washington. Denzel is my favorite actor and his speech at Dillard University is the most inspiring talk I have ever listened to.

DREW ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

WHITE: Good Ole Pepperoni (If it’s a truly good pizzeria, you don’t need all that extra stuff on a pizza)

All time favorite movie?

WHITE: Inside Man (Denzel Washington was a beast in this movie)

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

WHITE: Chipotle

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

WHITE: Miami Dolphins

What is the most used app on your phone?

WHITE: Snapchat

Beyond The Trophy 2019: Get to know Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and tight end Brock Wright


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: Brock Wright

College: University of Notre Dame

Height, weight, class, position: 6-5, 246-pound, junior, tight end

High School: Cy-Fair High School in Cypress, Texas

About Brock: The native of Texas has appeared in more than 30 games for the Fighting Irish since enrolling early as part of the 2017 recruiting class. Brock joined the leadership team for the Notre Dame Chapter after participating in the 2018 Lift For Life event. He attended the 2019 Leadership Development Conference and serves as the Chapter Vice President. Brock played a significant role in leading the ND Chapter through its annual Uplifting Experience Bowling Event with rare disease patients, siblings and caregivers and the second Lift For Life.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

WRIGHT: Beating USC at home my freshman year.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

WRIGHT: I believe that we have a responsibility as athletes to use our resources to help others and saw Uplifting Athletes as a perfect way to do so.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

WRIGHT: A little bit goes a long way when it comes to helping others.

What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?

WRIGHT: Enjoy every moment of it, and don’t get caught up worrying about the future.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

WRIGHT: Rob Gronkowski – he plays the game with a crazy amount of energy and passion.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

WRIGHT: Matthew McConaughey – he’s the coolest dude alive.

BROCK ON THE HOT SEAT

What is your perfect pizza?

WRIGHT: Pepperoni, sausage, meatballs, bacon and onion

All time favorite movie?

WRIGHT: Forrest Gump

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

WRIGHT: Whataburger

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

WRIGHT: Houston Texans

What is the most used app on your phone?

WRIGHT: Snapchat