Q&A: Harvard Football's Chris Lorditch
Chris Lorditch returned to Cambridge for a fifth season in 2011 after an injury-plagued 2010 campaign. When he has been on the field, Lorditch has been among the premier big-play receivers in the country. "When healthy, Chris gives us the complete package at wide receiver: size, speed and great hands," says Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football. "Having Chris back for a fifth year via medical hardship will give us a veteran presence and leadership in the wideout position."
Q: What is your concentration?
A: I am concentrating in government.
Q: What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
A: Life after football will hopefully bring a job I enjoy going to each day, a smoking hot wife, and family. If that plan fails then my roommate Ben Graeff and I are going to open a bait shop down in the Florida Keys and live the good life or I'll return to my homeland of Sweden.
Q: What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan?
A: My favorite team to watch has to be the men's basketball team. They have everyone returning from their championship season last year. It's scary. I already have them penciled into the "Sweet Sixteen."
Q: If you could play for another team at Harvard, which would it be?
A: I would love to play for the golf team. "Practice" entails either going to the driving range or playing nine holes of golf at the most historical course in the country? Sign me up for that.
Q: What are the best parts of being a student athlete at Harvard?
A: Being a student athlete at Harvard, you are challenged daily not only at the highest level of athletic competition but you are also surrounded and able to learn from some of the smartest people in the world.
Q: What are the hardest parts of being a student athlete at Harvard?
A: During the season the hardest part of being a student athlete is trying to find time in the day to accomplish everything you need too. Between football and school work there's not much free time. Its good though, time management is important.
Q: Who do you most enjoy lining up against in practices?
A: Matt Hanson. He's the premier cornerback in the Ivy League. We've had some good battles during our four years together here. He's especially tough during our two-minute drill.
Q: What's the best part about a home football day?
A: There's nothing better than being able to celebrate a victory out behind our stadium during the post game tailgates that our parents put together. There's always great food and its fun to spend some time with our families. The parents put a lot of hard work into them and we appreciate all they do for us.
Q: Who has the best nickname on the team and why?
A: A sign of a good nickname to me is one that lasts. I've been calling Collier Winters aka "Nugg" some form of "golden nugget" for almost fives years now.
Q: If you could choose your own nickname, what would it be and why?
A: I think choosing your own nickname is sort of a violation. Everyone on the team calls me "Lordy" so that works for me. It's better then when I was little when my two older brothers would call me "Sven" and tell me I was adopted.
Q: What do you think of when you hear Harvard's mission statement of "Education through Athletics?"
A: Athletics can teach us some valuable life lessons such as teamwork and discipline, things that can't be learned in the classroom.
Q: How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life?
A: Being a Harvard football player is the most challenging thing I've done in my entire life. If you can get through four or in my case five years of this program it really gives you a confidence that you can accomplish anything.
Q: What is your best moment on the football field?
A: Catching the game winning touchdown pass my junior year at the Yale Bowl is a memory I'll always cherish. It was even better that my entire family was there to share in the moment with me.
Q: What is the best facility in which you have played?
A: Unlike my good friend Alex Sarkisian, who said the best facility he ever played in was the Yale Bowl, the home of our archrival. It just proves that academic intelligence doesn't automatically yield rational thoughts. For rational people, it doesn't get any better than running onto our home field at Harvard Stadium.
Q: Where are your favorite places to eat in the square?
A: There's a lot of great places to eat in the square but my favorite is enjoying the snack hours menu at Uno's while watching all the NFL games on Sundays with Dan Minamide.
Q: If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
A: I'd definitely be Cam Brate so I could see what it feels like to be the toughest kid on the team.
Q: If you could do anything for a day without any cost considerations, what would it be?
A: I would probably fly out to California and play golf at Pebble Beach in the morning then hit the afternoon swells with my main "Cali bro" Kevin Murphy.
Q: Best and worst football movies of all-time?
A: The best football movie of all time would have to be "The Program." And I would say the worst would probably be "The Program".
Q: Of your teammates, who is most like to 1) become President of the United State, 2) join the front office of a major sports franchise 3) join the circus. Why?
A: 1) Hunter Thornton. Whenever a political debate breaks out in the locker room Hunter is usually the voice of reason that calms everyone down. 2) Dan Minamide. He's a fantasy football guru. 3) Matt Lunati. Spend a day with him and his alter ego "Chadwick" and you will never stop laughing.