This week I got to interview a few of the Texas Football players Patrick Vahe and Buck Major. Both are phenomenal players with outstanding characteristics that we as fans get to see on the field, yet aren’t exactly attuned off the field.
In my interview with Patrick Vahe I learned that he is the first Islander to be signed here at the University of Texas in Austin. For him, he finds it honorable not only representing his family but his ethnicity as well. As of right now, there is talk of possibly recruiting other Islanders, but for the most part–they are just looking at them, but we can all hope to get a few other Islanders on team to share some Texas Football pride! As for the upcoming season, Patrick is excited to be back on the field with some of his new partners, and Coach Herman. Patrick’s not quite sure what his future holds when it comes to the draft–right now, it’s a maybe but the thought is there depending on how the season goes! Patrick’s favorite team is the Cowboys and he would love to be drafted there; we would all love to see that as well and wish you the best in your upcoming season!
As for some off the field insights, Patrick was an MMA fighter in Jr. High, and found his love for the game of football in high school watching his brothers play only to start playing himself. Although sports seem to be a very dominate ability, Patrick has many others, some of which include–playing instruments and singing! Patrick plays various instruments from guitar to piano which goes hand in hand with his passion for singing, although he doesn’t intended to pursue it professionally, we can all hope he gives us a little taste of his musical abilities!
During my interview with Buck Major, he kept telling me about “the 9.” Confused at what it meant, he continued to explain that the 9th represented a lot of special things in his life that happened on the 9th–one including his birthdate! As for his passions outside the field, Buck loves to do photography and editing and would love to one day be a director. In the tenth grade he started editing films by taking clips from movies online, recording them and putting them together–essentially creating his own style. Once his senior year rolled around and he was enrolled in a journalism class, his teacher wouldn’t allow him to touch the computer although he genuinely wanted to get that hands on experience. Although his teacher might have refused to acknowledge his abilities then we are watching and waiting to see what he’s going to do next! I encourage you to take the time out to check out his work, he may be just starting out in that field but who knows where it will take him–I promise you, he’s someone to be on the lookout for!
One last thing, I got to talk with Buck about, was this unusual setback that has never slowed him down. There is no joints in Buck’s thumbs which means he can’t bend his thumbs at all. While most of us would be shaking our heads thinking, “You’re a football player! Isn’t that necessary?” According to Buck, it has never slowed him down; he’s dealt with it his whole life and it’s just something he’s always adapted to! I think we can all say that’s pretty impressive for any athlete, and something that definitely makes him stand out!
It was incredibly awesome getting to talk with these guys and learn more about who they are outside the football field! While you’ll see us all enthusiastically cheering them on during the on-season, we hope you that cheer them on during the off-season as well and any new ventures they decide to take on!