DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke football team travels to Atlanta to face conference foe Georgia Tech on Saturday, November 17. Game time is set for 3:30 p.m., on ESPNU. Recently, GoDuke.com sat down with senior corner back Tony Foster to learn more about the Burlington, N.C., native.
GoDuke.com: Tell us about a time when you first started playing football. Tony Foster: The time I first started playing football, it was rec ball and my mom didn't want me to play. She thought that, well I'm a skinny guy now so imagine how small I was back then, and she didn't want me to get hurt. But I remember, I didn't know I was fast, and I remember I got the ball and I just ran by everybody and I just thought everybody was slow. Then the coach was like, "Yeah man, this is one of the fastest guys we've ever seen," and that when I found out I was fast.
GoDuke.com:What do you think the most misunderstood thing about football is? TF: I would have to say the most misunderstood thing is the rules. People really don't understand the rules of the game and family members try to coach you on things they know nothing about so you just have to take their advice and keep going.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite part about being a Duke student-athlete? TF: Definitely being around the people. Being around campus, and just the warm feeling you get around the environment. I think that's the best part about being a Duke student athlete is being around campus and getting that warm feeling of support.
GoDuke.com: What has been your favorite class at Duke?
TF: Claire Conceison's class. It was sports performance. The class showed sports in a different light, not just the athletic part but also the aesthetics of the game. It was really a good class. I think that was my favorite.
GoDuke.com: What's been your most challenging class?
TF: Culture Anthropology: Field Work Methods. It was a class where I had to do a lot of field research and I was nervous about going out and interacting with people out of my comfort zone. I had to get out of my comfort zone because that was the assignment. Go and do field research on something you know nothing about. I think that was my most challenging class. It ended up being a good class for me because now I have that experience of getting out of my comfort zone, but at first that was challenging.
GoDuke.com: What was your favorite food as a child? TF: My grandmother's lasagna. I could eat that all the time. Shed actually makes that for my birthday, anytime I did well, or for a school play. That was my favorite food. I could eat that all day.
GoDuke.com: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? TF: I always wanted to be a football player. I saw a picture of my dad and he was catching a football and it was like a flag football thing, but ever since I saw that picture I wanted to be a football player for some reason. That was the thing I wanted to do.
GoDuke.com: What do you want to be now? TF: Still a football player. I love the game. Football has definitely taught me hard work and so I would definitely love to be a football player at the next level. I mean who wouldn't? It would be a dream come true, but if not, I would probably want to get into marketing or something.
GoDuke.com: Who has been the biggest influence on your life? TF: Wow, that's tough. Honestly, I've had a lot of people who have influenced my life. My mom of course she was there every day, kept me on the right track. My dad, my older sister, she definitely kept me on the right track and made sure I stayed focused. Just my family in general, from aunts to uncles to cousins, everybody. My family has just been a great support system for me as a young child.
GoDuke.com: Do you have any hidden talents? TF: I can say my alphabet backwards.
GoDuke.com: What kind of music do you have on your iPod? TF: All kinds. Mostly R&B, I have hip hop, a little bit of Tim McGraw. I have a little bit of everything, a little bit of Uncle Cracker. It's just a lot of music on my iPod.
GoDuke.com: What chore do you absolutely hate doing? TF: Cleaning the toilet. I hate doing that.
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