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Matt Frelich: Football
1. How does it feel knowing that you only have one game left in your collegiate career?
Exciting! I look back to where I was, and where I am now as a student athlete and as an individual. I now realize how much the game has taught me about life and who I am. This Saturday everyone on the team has to leave everything out on the field. You never know when it’s going to be your last play. We’ve been competing since first grade and knew this moment would come. As long as we give it all we’ve got, we can walk off that field for the last time with our heads held high.
2. Has it ever been tough playing with your brother?
Only when Andy opposed the idea of being on the same flag football team in sixth grade. Our teams competed in the championship and his prevailed.
3. What have been the most encouraging parts of this season?
The trust within teammates on and off the field. Knowing that the guy next to me is willing to sacrifice himself for the team, and that I’m willing to do the same for him.
4. Do you feel as if you have “left your mark” on Lawrence in some way? How?
I do. I speak with my pads. I’m not the biggest, strongest or fastest football player, and I’ve been reminded of that countless times on any given day. But that never stopped me. My defining “mark” would be playing without fear, even though I’m up against the odds.
5. What are your best memories from your four years at Lawrence?
Of course I remember big plays, hits, etc., but my fondest memories lie on the practice field, in the locker room and on the road where we grew as a team outside of the public’s eye or when no one was watching.Andy Frelich: Football
1. What are your goals for your last game this weekend?
The goal for this weekend is to finish the season with a good win. Getting a win in the final game would mean a lot to the team and especially to all the seniors.
2. How do you think the departure of this year’s senior class will affect the team come next year?
We have a lot of seniors leaving the team after this season; however, we have some talented underclassman that will contribute a lot to the 2010 team.
3. If you could play any other position, what would it be and why?
I would have to say kicker. They get to chill down in the bowl all the time. It would be interesting to see what actually goes on down there.
4. What’s your favorite post-game meal?
Well after every game the team has a cookout and I usually just eat a bunch of desserts and candy.
5. If you could take on any professional football player, who would it be and why?
Well I would like to play against Brett Favre. Who wouldn’t? He is one of the best QBs of all time and he single-handedly beat the Packers twice!

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