In the past few weeks, Penn State football’s rank has dropped slightly. The team while still winning has suffered two losses on the season but recently rallied back with a big win during Homecoming weekend. The team is still experiencing a lot of success and is a great place for the Freshman to grow. One of the Freshman that has been using this time on the team to learn in Robert Martin.
Robert Martin, commonly known as Rob or Robbie, is one of the Freshman on the Penn State Football team. Rob is from St. Joe’s Regional High School where he played guard and tackle. There he was a dominant player that loved playing football. Rob originally started playing flag football at the age of six. He played flag football but eventually outgrew the league and decided to continue on to full contact football. Once he started to play, he continued and enjoyed it. “I enjoyed playing and I would see my family happy and proud of me and my accomplishments. If my family was happy, I was happy.”
“I have learned a lot from football, a lot of life lessons. One important thing that it taught me was how to get back-up when you get knocked down”. Rob learned a lot about resilience from football, he also learned about the fact that no matter what happens, you can fix it. Rob also commented on the importance on a positive attitude. “It’s really important to have a positive attitude, not only in sports but in life. I try to stick to a positive attitude all the time.”
Rob is currently majoring in Communications and hoping to use different languages to communicate with parts of security branches. “I’m taking a lot of different languages, like next semester I’m taking Arabic. I really want to do something in security like work for the FBI or something like that.” So far Rob says he is really comfortable at Penn State. He says he has meet people, friends, coaches, and teachers that he can trust. He says that he feels that he is truly at home. Outside of football and school work, Rob likes to spend time with friends and go watch new movies. Rob would describe himself as a quiet person. “I would say that I am kinda quiet. I usually let things happen around me and step in when needed.”
As for Penn State football, Rob had some very powerful words to describe the program. “I would describe Penn State Football as the perfect community. Everyone there cares for you and you care for other people. It’s like one of those places that you always picture and say ‘I wanna be there one day’.” This opportunity has been great for Rob so far and he has grown as a person and a football player. Closing the interview Rob talked about his favorite part of Penn State Football. “The friends I have made are my favorite part. They are the people that really make this experience as good as can be”.
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