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Spotted on Campus With... Rodney Gould

Oct. 22, 2012

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Sport: Football
Class: 2013
Major: Economics and Business


What do you enjoy about your major? 

The thing I enjoy most about my Economics and Business major is the fact that I learn about a variety of things in the business field, which gives me a wide range of employment options post-graduation. The thing I like most about my Africana Studies major is the fact that I get to learn about Africa and people of my race that I wasn’t taught much about through grade school, outside of a brief history here and there during the month of February, Black History Month.. 

One class/professor that every Lafayette student should try to take is…: 

Well it will be difficult now but the one professor I would have advised every Lafayette student to take would have been Professor Yaba Blay. She was a temporary professor in the Africana Studies/Women and Gender Studies departments. She is no longer here at Lafayette but I was fortunate enough to have taken every class she offered during her time here and those were by far the best classes I have taken at Lafayette.

What is your most unique academic experience?

It is actually taking place this semester. I am interning with an alum of Lafayette, Dr. Jarrod Spencer, at his company Mind of the Athlete. This is a sports psychology company that focuses on helping athletes perform better in their sport by clearing their mind of all of the outside distractions that cause negative energy and prevent athletes from reaching their maximum performance level. The phrase for the company is “Clearer Mind, Better Performance.” This is such an unique experience for me because I am learning so much about how the mind works and how it transforms into my performance on the football field. I truly believe a lot of my success on the football field thus far this year has come from the things I am learning from this internship. From things as simple as what to eat before competition to things like what to listen to before competing that would allow me to reach the peak of attentiveness and readiness at the proper moments to how to clear my head of all the outside distractions so that I can focus simply on my assignments.

Do you have any post-graduation plans?

I do not have any definite plans post-graduation as of yet. I have been applying for jobs and I am just waiting to see what opportunities present themselves. If all else fails, I plan on continuing my education by going back to school to get a Master’s Degree in something dealing with business or finance.


What is it like coming back for a fifth year?

It is a bittersweet feeling. I say bitter because all the people I came to Lafayette with are no longer here so it was weird to go to the locker room or even practice the first few days and not see them there. However, it is a sweet feeling because I am able to compete one more time for a Patriot League championship and I am able to just play another season of football.

What is your favorite/least favorite part of football?

My favorite part about football is definitely game days. It’s like a reward after all week of practicing, studying film and game planning. My least favorite part of football is losing a football game. I hate losing and there’s nothing worse than working hard all week to come out with a loss on Saturday.

Do you have any pregame rituals?

I always attend team chapel before every game. Then, when I am down in the locker room, I always go out early to warm up and get loose before we go out as a team. Before the team goes out, I listen to my three favorite inspirational songs. The first one is R. Kelly’s “World’s Greatest.” Then I switch to two gospel songs: Marvin Sapp’s “Never Would’ve Made It” and Mary Mary’s “Can’t Give up Now.” Then I say a prayer at my locker and I leave the locker room with the team. When I hit the field, I rub my left arm on which my dad and I have matching tattoos then double tap my chest with my fist and point to the stands towards my father as that has been something we have done since I was in high school. Since I can’t really locate him in the big stadium, I still do it in memory. Then I run to the opposite end zone, get on one knee, thank God for the opportunity. After that, I catch a few passes from the quarterback on the sideline and then I am ready to go.


What is most likely playing on your iPod?

Drake’s album “Take Care”

What movie can you quote word-for-word?


Who is most famous person you have ever met?

Kevin Durant


Team-Given Nickname: Reliable Rodney, “R-squared,” and also “Twig”
Favorite Cartoon Character: Riley from “The Boondocks”
Go-to food spot: Campus Pizza
Words to Live By: Dare to be Different, Destined to be Great