"Sometimes it's easy to lose sight of how good a football player Adam is with such a talented group of seniors on the offensive line. He is extremely versatile, dependable and highly respected by everyone in the program." - Tim Murphy, the Thomas Stephenson Family Head Coach for Harvard Football.
Q: What is your concentration?
Sociology with a secondary in History.
Q: Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand your position?
Playing offensive line requires an equal amount of intelligence, athleticism, and strength. The best linemen in college or in the NFL aren't just strong and weigh a lot. They are elite athletes who devote hours and hours to film study and preparation so that on game day, they can put themselves in position to utilize their immense size and strength.
Q: What is your first memory of football?
My first memory of football was in third grade playing flag football because we did not have tackle at that age. I played wide receiver and the closest comparison I can make would be to Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions, because I was taller than everyone else and lived for the big play. Unfortunately, I peaked at age nine and haven't scored a touchdown since.
Q: What do you think the hardest sport at Harvard is?
Without a doubt, I would say squash. Dan Moody, Anthony Fabiano, and I have played on occasion and we struggle to keep the ball going. Watching a real match is pretty incredible and I know my knees and back would never withstand that much of a beating.
Q: What are the hardest parts of being a student-athlete at Harvard?
Everyone always says this answer, but it has to be time management. Our lives during football season and even the offseason are so busy that we would never be able to sustain it without having excellent time management skills. It is a skill I have had to develop over the last few years and I know it will serve me well after college.
Q: What's the best part about a home football day?
For me, it is going to the field with the long snappers for warm ups. Although I have never snapped in a game (and hopefully never will), we take the field about 15 minutes before the rest of the team and I use the time to clear my mind and get ready for the game. It is the calm before the storm.
Q: Who do you like lining up against in practice?
I love when I get to bump heads with Captain Matt "Don't call me Mike" Koran. Although it is a challenge, because he is so much shorter than me, I love reminding him who the top dog truly is
Q: Who has the best nickname on the team and why?
Kyle "Grizzly" Adams because you would never know based on the nickname or his appearance that he frequently rubs elbows with the highest echelon of American royalty.
Q: Do you have a nickname and how did it come about?
Some of the meaner guys on the team call me "Adam-bot" because for some reason they have found my well-planned and disciplined lifestyle to be "un-fun" and resembling a robot.
Q: How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life?
This program has given me the confidence to overcome any obstacle life may put in front of me. Harvard has given me the tools to be successful in more than just football and I know that when I walk out of here I will be prepared to succeed.
Q: If you weren't playing football, you would be…
Touring the country playing music with my high school band, Sleepy Willy and the Springtime Jammers.
Q: What is your favorite memory on the football field?
Watching Scott Peters intercept the ball in the final seconds against Yale last year. It sealed that team's perfect season and was truly the culmination of all of our hard work.
Q: Where are your favorite places to eat in the square?
Adam-bot only eats at Chipotle.
Q: If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
Justin Timberlake because he is the ultimate triple threat. He can sing, he can dance, and he is a very funny sketch comedian. It would be an easy transition for me because I am used to making people's jaws' drop when I start singing.
Q: If you could do anything for a day without any cost considerations, what would it be?
I would fly to Dublin and play golf in the morning then head to a local pub and take in some traditional Irish music.
Q: If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Dave Grohl, Sturgill Simpson, and Paul McCartney.
Q: What is your favorite Murphy-ism (quote/saying that Coach Murphy is known for)?
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. Christin Shigley, just look at his hair.
2. Jason Holdway, he has been a reality star for years now, just no one has been filming.
3. Paul Stanton, he could double as the strong man and the little guy they shoot out of the cannon.
4. Jake Lindsey, because on more than one occasion he has been quoted saying, "I can't wait to fall off the face of the earth".
Q: What is the best thing about being from your hometown?
The best thing is that I am just minutes away from taking in all the amazing things Cleveland has to offer, buzzing nightlife, top tier professional sports, and the best lakefront in America.
Q: What is the best advice (about football or life) anyone has ever given you?
Although she has never said this quote exactly, my mom always stresses that, "Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you respond to it." –Lou Holtz.