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Football | University of Albany Football Player’s Thoughts on Being a Captain

Mason Gray University of Albany (NY) football player graduated in 2020. He has been a full-time starter, played in every game, and earned two starts his freshman year. Mason redshirted his Junior year due to injury. He served as one of the team captains. Check out his thoughts on being a captain.

  • POSITION Safety
  • HEIGHT 5-11
  • WEIGHT 193
  • CLASS Graduated 2020
  • HOMETOWN Washington, D.C. 
  • HIGHSCHOOL St. John’s College Prep

LRT Sports: As the captain of the team, what are you looking forward to the most?

I’m looking forward to teammates playing together and playing for one another, not seeing individuals.

LRT Sports: Is there one part about being the captain of the team that makes you nervous?

Having to do the right thing all the time because your teammates are watching, and if they see you slack, they will do the same.

LRT Sports: What advice can you give to athletes who want to work towards being a captain of their team?

Doing everything right and being on time for team activities will put you on the right path.

LRT Sports: Do you think it’s best to have one captain of a team or two captains? Please explain.

Two or more captains, because it allows them to relate to the team in different aspects and gives different perspectives on situations as well.

LRT Sports: How do you balance being the team leader and being friends with the team?

It’s challenging, but you have to let them know it’s not personal, and what happens on the field and in the locker room is to make the team and each other better.

LRT Sports: Is there an athlete, past or present, that you try to take some of their leadership skills from?

No, I do not; I like to pave my own road and do things that I believe are right, not what others do.

LRT Sports: What is the funniest thing that happened to you on the football field?

Getting cut (blocked in the legs) in a game, and the first thing hitting the ground was my face, and I had a lot of turf beads in my face and mouth.

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