Football Q&A: Anthony Fabiano

Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot
Photo courtesy of Gil Talbot

"Anthony has developed into the next great Harvard center and a legitimate NFL prospect. As athletic as anyone in the country at his position, he anchors arguably the best offensive line we have had during our tenure." - Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.

Q: What is your concentration?

Economics, Secondary in Computer Science

Q: What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?

To do something I love while helping others and making a difference in the world.

Q: Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand your position?

As a center, every play I call out the defensive front, linebacker who I am blocking (also known as the Mike), and the blocking combination I want to use with one of my guards. Then, the rest of the line will work off my decision for their respective combos. All the while, the defense can switch their formation or show a blitz threat whenever they want, and then I'll have to reset and account for the change as fast as I possibly can. Then, I snap the ball and block.

Q: What is your first memory of football?

I didn't play organized football until my freshman year of high school. Before that point, I only played backyard football with my hometown friends.

Q: What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan? 

I like to watch the men's basketball team. When games get close or when someone on Harvard has a huge play, Lavietes Pavilion explodes and electrifies. I get goosebumps it gets so loud.

Q: What do you think the hardest sport at Harvard is? 

Hockey. I tried ice-skating last winter, and only took one lap around Frog Pond, grasping the wall the entire time while fearing for my life. The fact that those guys can skate and then shoot a puck/deck someone into the boards is astonishing to me.

Q: What's the best part about a home football day?

Seeing how locked in and focused everyone is leading up until kickoff. Deep down, it gets me fired up to see everyone concentrating on nothing else but the upcoming game.

Q: Who do you like lining up against in practice?

Even though I don't face him too much now that I'm playing center, Dan Moody is always a great matchup. Every now and then, he tries to hit the Cleveland Two-Step on me, but his moves have become outdated and I'm prepared for it.

Q: Choose one of each: The song you are most proud of, and least proud of, on your iPod. 

Most Proud: "Bohemian Rhapsody" - Queen

Least Proud: "Barbie Girl" - Aqua

Q: Who has the best nickname on the team and why?

No. 96 and No. 97. I'm not sure what they're real names actually are, but I have seen them slowly fuse together over the past 4 years. We refer to the being as DuWebb.

Q: Do you have a nickname and how did it come about?

Tony Bostony/Mr. You Leave Me No Choice. Fellow lineman Adam Redmond called me Tony Bostony one day after my accent was a little too strong for his taste. Then, Dan Moody sung my name to the tune of Future's "Tony Montana", in which he states, "You leave me no choice."

Q: When you leave Harvard, what do you want your legacy to be? 

I want to be known as a hard-working leader that did his best to make others better while improving himself everyday, whether it's on or off the field.

Q: If you could go back, what would you tell yourself when you were a freshman?

Introduce yourself to all your professors and build relationships with them. Take advantage of office hours. Eat healthy (except when corned beef hash is for breakfast).

Q: If you weren't playing football, you would be…

235 pounds.

Q: What is your favorite memory on the football field? 

Watching my roommate Conner Hempel drop that dime to Fish in the last minute of the Yale game last year. I remember seeing the ball go through the air like it was in slow motion. Once I saw Fish secure it, I sprinted over to Hempel screaming with joy and tackled him out of excitement.

Q: If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. He's the coolest dude on the planet, and it'd be nice to see how the coolest dude on the planet lives for a day.

Q: Of your teammates, who is most likely to 1) become President of the United States, 2) be a star of a reality TV show, 3) join the circus, 4) fall off the face of the earth? Why?

1) Jimmy Meyer. His elegant, luscious locks have politician written all over it.

2) Jason Holdway aka Johnny Drama. The kid lives his life everyday like a camera is on him. It'd be a perfect fit.

3) Ben Braunecker. With his mobility and flexibility, Bronk can be the first Cirque du Soleil dancer that weighs more than 165 pounds.

4) Eric Ryan. His name is too plain to be remembered forever.

Q: What is the best thing about being from your hometown? 

Since I am so close to Harvard, I would say the best part being from around the Boston area is that I get to see my mom and dad every day we have a game. Love you mom!