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Spotted on Campus With...Rob Curley

Aug. 17, 2009

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While things may have slowed down in the Lafayette athletic department during the summer months, many student-athletes remain on College Hill to pursue various academic and athletic endeavors. The staff at has decided to catch up with some of the student-athletes to see what they're doing for the summer and to get to know them a little better. This week senior quarterback Rob Curley talks summer workouts, internships, cooking and more.

What are your plans for your summer at Lafayette? Are you taking a class, doing research, working out? We started our summer workouts the week after school let out so I've been at school training since then. I also got the chance to take a communications class during the first summer session. Now, I'm doing an internship with Nationwide Insurance in Blue Bell, Pa.

What's your major and what do you like about your major? I'm a History major. The common misconception about this is that it's boring, but I really have enjoyed working with the professors in the department. It's given me the tools to look at history and how it's presented in an innovative and exciting way.

What is your role on the team? I play quarterback and lend my voice to the "growl" Leopard's fans hear on third downs. I also sometimes get dressed up and pose as Marquis de Lafayette outside of Hogg Hall when the statue is being refurbished.

What is your earliest football memory? I can remember going to an Eagles game with my father when I was probably about 7 years old. It was the first time I'd ever been to a live sporting event and all I could think about was how cold Veterans Stadium was!

What can you take from your sport and incorporate into everyday life? Right off the bat I'd say perseverance, but I don't see much of a separation between the types of situations you encounter on and off the field. In both football and everyday life you need to analyze problems and solve them in the most efficient, productive manner.

A talent I'd like to have is...Playing the saxophone. I don't think there's a woman in the world that could resist a good looking man like myself who knows how to play the sax!

The sport I'm worst at is...Swimming. I got absolutely smoked by my two younger sisters and my girlfriend last weekend in a 100 meter freestyle contest. That sure was a confidence killer!

Something about me that others would be surprised to hear is...I genuinely don't like animals. I don't know if I had a bad experience as a child with them or anything but you can't reason with an animal. You can't say, "Hey Mr. Spike, please don't bite me, I have a big game this weekend." It's just not gonna happen.

What teammate does the funniest impression of your coach? I'd say about 90 percent of the team does a pretty good impression of Coach Tavani, but I'm gonna go with my guy DeAndre' Morrow on this one, probably just because of quantity.

What is your favorite activity outside of your sport? I love to cook. I really began when I got to college and it's something I get both relaxation and satisfaction from.

TV show I can't stop watching...Top Chef, for the reasons explained above.

What is the greatest thing you can learn from a loss? Nothing, I don't believe in losing. I'm deathly allergic. The only thing losing does is inspire me to never have to endure that feeling again.

What do you still wish to accomplish (sports or otherwise)? I want to win a national championship, nothing less.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go? Chattanooga, Tennessee on December 18, 2009.

You have an entire day to do whatever you want. Where do you go and what do you do? Ok, so I head down to the LBI. I wake up early and go to Mass. Work out. Take a cool-down bubble bath. Make a huge breakfast. Eat while watching Sportscenter. Nap. Play 5-on-5 pick-up basketball outside. Spend the rest of the day with my family and girlfriend on the beach soaking up the sun. Eat fresh lobster and crabs at my uncle's seafood restaurant on the bay. Eventually fall asleep surrounded by pillows, snuggled under the blankets with the air-conditioning on full around 8 o'clock!

What do you like most about Lafayette? I still get such a thrill out of the game-day atmosphere here. Also, I'm thankful for being given the opportunity to succeed at such an academically rigorous and athletically competitive school.

What is your favorite class and why? I've have so many great classes it's hard to narrow it down to one. I'd say any class I've taken with a professor who challenges their students to think critically using both their past experiences and their acquired knowledge.

Who is the most influential person(s) in your life? My parents, no question.

Word Association:
Lafayette: College Hill

Lafayette Athletics: Tradition

Football: Family

Early morning practices: Part of the job

Your coaches: Talented

Your teammates: Brothers

Lafayette-Lehigh rivalry: Revenge

Preseason: A necessary evil

Strength & Conditioning Coach(es): The best in the country

Fisher Field: Home