Football Program Q&A: Charlie Booker

Photo by Gil Talbot
Photo by Gil Talbot
  • What is your concentration?
    • Economics
  • What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
    • Not completely sure. I hope whatever it is, I hope I'm happy and somewhere warm
  • Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand what you're seeing on the field?
    • At the running back position your job and usage can vary heavily according to the scheme you play in. Overall, you're usually getting the ball handed to you and trying to run for as many yards as you can. We're also used in the pass game to block and even come out the backfield sometimes to catch passes
  • What is your first memory of football?
    • Watching it for the first time one Sunday night around 5 and constantly asking my dad a bunch of questions 
  • What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan?
    • Definitely have to say basketball
  • What are the hardest parts of being a student-athlete at Harvard?
    • Definitely trying to balance school and football. It can be difficult to try to gauge at the beginning of the year what is and isn't too much to bite off when picking courses.
  • What's the best part of a home football day?
    • It's great to play midday at home in front of a home crowd and then to be able to head back to the room for a long day of relaxation
  • What do you like lining up against in practice?
    • Jordan Hill. He's always flying around and making big hits
  • Who has the best nickname on the team?
  • Who you have a nickname? If so, how did it come about?
    • "CB3," it's pretty basic. Just stands for Charlie Booker III, it caught on a lot in high school.
  • How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life?
    • Balancing all the workouts with the early mornings makes me feel like I can get through almost anything now.
  • What do you think when you hear Harvard's mission statement: 'Education Through Athletics?'
    • There are a lot of things that you can't learn in the classroom in college. I've learned a lot about teamwork and have been thrust into many uncomfortable positions. It's taught me to battle through adversity and that everything won't always be perfect.
  • What do you want your Harvard legacy to be?
    • I hope to be remembered as someone who always got the job done and finished strong despite sometimes shaky starts.
  • If you weren't playing football, you would be…
    • probably asleep somewhere.
  • What is your favorite football memory?
    • Basically looking back on any big game with a packed crowd throughout my whole career would be memorable and favorable to me.
  • What are your favorite places to eat in the square?
    • Felipe's, Chipotle, El Jefe's, and Boston Burger Company
  • If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
    • Vincent Van Gogh, Malcolm X, and Travis Scott
  • Best football movie of all-time? Why?
    • Friday Night Lights. It accurately depicts the life and pressure of Texas high school football.
  • If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
    • I'd  probably just stay as myself. I feel like my life suits me pretty well although I beg to differ sometimes.
  • If you could go back, what's one piece of advice you would give to yourself as a freshman?
    • Warm up, stretch, and stop trying to focus on lifting the heaviest weight at all times. Also get out every now and then.
  • Who has the best dance moves on the team? The worst?
    • "Harvard Hits," Adam and Wes. No comment on the worst
  • Your favorite 'Murph'-ism (saying or quote from Coach Murphy)?
    • "Figure it out"