MAHOPAC, N.Y. – Jack Carey, a senior, is a quarterback for the Mahopac varsity football team.
How old were you when you started playing football and what got you started?
I started playing tackle football in third grade. I always watched football on Sunday with my family. When I was in first grade, my dad signed me up for flag. I loved it and couldn’t wait to be able to play tackle.
What is your favorite thing about being on the football team at Mahopac?
Playing under the lights on Friday nights with all my teammates. There is nothing better than playing in front of the Mahopac Maniacs.
What is your favorite team activity or pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates? What about a personal pregame or postgame ritual?
My favorite pre-game team ritual is running out of the smoke-filled tunnel to the sound of the Mahopac fans cheering and the band playing the Seminole chant. Most people don’t know this but before every game I always take a glance in the stands where I know I will find my MSA coaches usually standing together. It brings me back to where it all started and reminds me of all the great memories I have playing football.
Do you have any goals for your final season at Mahopac?
Bringing the Higgins Trophy back to Mahopac (awarded to the winner of the Mahopac vs. Carmel game, Friday, Oct. 18).
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role model over the years is by far my parents. Both my mother and father have taught me to work hard for everything and how to live life to the fullest.
Do you plan on continuing playing sports in college?
Sports has always been a big part of my life. I can see myself trying to do a club sport depending on which college I go to.
Do you know what you want to study in college?
I am not 100-percent sure yet, but I think I want to major in business. I still have to figure out which area of business I want to study.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and why?
Tim Tebow is my favorite professional player. No matter how good or bad of play he makes, he owns it and remains humble. He worked hard to achieve what many people said he couldn’t. On and off the field, he is a great role model.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
Although it is not a fan favorite, country music is my go-to.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?
I would like to be able to heal people. I have seen the devastating effects cancer has on people. When my grandmother was battling cancer, I would have done anything to be able to take it away.
Where is your favorite place to go on vacation and why?
My favorite place to go is Ocean City, Md. I love spending time at the beach with my family and eating at Fager’s Island.
Favorite place to eat locally?
Mike and Joe’s. Their penne vodka pizza is the best thing you will ever eat.
What is the go-to app on your phone?
Hudl because what else am I supposed to do when I am not at practice
Do you have a favorite TV show you like to binge?
“Friends” and “New Girl”; they always make me laugh.