Interview with Riley Zuhde


Riley Zuhde- Augustana College


Purple Sage: What motivates you the most when you are playing?

Riley Zuhde: I like being the best I can be. Doing something bad in a football game kind of gets me mad. I like to do the best I can possibly do.

PS: What are some long term goals you would like to accomplish playing this sport in college?

RZ: Meet new friends and hopefully get a career out of it something in the future.

PS: What do you think your greatest strength is?

RZ: Probably perseverance or just not giving up, because I like to do things to the best of my ability.

PS: Who has been your biggest inspiration?

RZ: Coach Krause because he has been my coach for 3 years and Sophomore year when I broke my leg he was there for me for the whole year and never gave up on me.

PS: What are you looking forward to most about playing in college?

RZ: Building new relationships. I am just excited to meet new people and have a different connection.

PS: What is your favorite part about this sport?

RZ: My favorite part is being together with a team; it is not individual. You are able to have friends, you are able to make bonds and become a family.

PS: Least favorite part?

RZ: There is not a least favorite part besides you really do have to rely on team so you kind of have to watch out for everyone. If someone does screw up you have to take initiative as a leader.

PS: What has been the most disappointing or difficult moment in your high school athletic career?

RZ: Breaking my leg sophomore year. That was really hard and made me sit out the rest of the season.

PS: When did you begin playing?

RZ: Fourth grade flag football.

PS: What do you think made this achievement possible?

RZ: The coaches and my family most importantly. They stuck with me through it no matter what and gave me everything I needed, to do as good as I could. My teammates for being willing to go the extra step-play catch or anything.

PS: What advice would you give to younger athletes wanting to achieve similar goals?

RZ: Just stick with it. If you are bad or do not think you are the best, just stick with it. Some people always have their jumping point, they just skyrocket at some point. It is not all about doing well, it is about making memories.

PS: If you were competing in the Winter Olympics right now, what sport would you be competing in? Why?

RZ: Probably curling; that sounds sick.