Q & A with an athlete: football player Terry Zapf

Junior talks about his football career and expectations for next year

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Q: How long have you been playing football?

A: I’ve been playing football since I was in 5th grade. Shout out Winnetka Green Wave.

Q: How is the team looking next year?

A: The team is looking great for next year. We are bringing back a lot of starters on offense and some on defense. We are losing a lot of beef but hopefully some of the sophomores will step up.

Q: What’s it like before each game and what’s your routine for the day of?

A: My routine on game day is school, then I go to Thomas Kahler’s house and eat Italian sausage and pasta with tk, nart and jart. Next we go to Northfield and have a team meeting and then we watch the first half of the sophomore game. We then get dressed and ready to play. Some games I get pretty nervous before, I even threw up before warren, but some games I am much more relaxed.

Q: Do any of your relatives play football?

A: Yes. Both my brothers played at New Trier. My dad, my grandpa, my uncles, and some of my cousins played, too.

Q: Do you want to continue playing football after high school?

A: Yes. I want to play football in college.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about playing football?

A: My teammates because football makes you really close with a lot of people. We are together all day during the summer and then we hang out after that so you get extremely close with guys you didn’t even think you would like. Our team this year was extremely close and I will never forget that. Also winning, because it is fun.

Q: What’s the best thing that football has taught you?

A: Football has taught me to not give up. Everyone gets hurt and you have to come back from your injuries. Football also has taught me to not take anything for granted. Anyone can beat you on any given play so stay woke.

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