Q. HOW OLD WERE YOU WHEN YOU STARTED PLAYING?
A. 10 years old.
Q. WHO WAS YOUR FAVORITE ATHLETE (ANY SPORT) GROWING UP?
A. Brian Dawkins - Former Philadelphia Eagles DB
Q. WHAT WAS YOUR PLAY HUGE MOMENT IN YOUR CAREER?
A. My Play Huge moment was in college with the University of North Carolina, during overtime of our 2016 National Championship game against Maryland. We were man-down to start OT, and we made the stop and clear to set up our game-winning goal to win the title.
Q. WHAT SONG IS ALWAYS ON YOUR PREGAME PLAYLIST?
A. Dreams and Nightmares – Meek Mill
Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
A. Shawshank Redemption
Q. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A YOUNGER VERSION OF YOURSELF?
A. Trust your gut
Q. WHO IS ONE PERSON YOU (PAST OR PRESENT) WITH WHOM YOU’D LIKE TO HAVE DINNER?
A. Thomas Edison
Q. WHAT’S THE ONE THING YOU’D LIKE TO SEE CHANGED IN YOUR SPORT?
A. The faceoff
Q. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE TEAMMATE YOU’VE EVER PLAYED WITH?
A. Stephen Kelly
Q. WHO IS OR WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN HELPING YOU ON YOUR WAY TO BECOMING A PROFESSIONAL ATHLETE?
A. My mom and dad
Q. DESCRIBE YOUR PLAYING STYLE IN THREE WORDS.
A. Aggressive, Determined, & Articulate
Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE EXERCISE OR DRILL TO DO WHILE YOU’RE TRAINING AND WHY?
A. “Running the Rail” – footwork drill. This my favorite footwork drill in preparation for a game because it allows me to practice four different phases of defending in one drill. 1. The approach 2. Drop-step 3. Closing the gate – defending the island 4. Navigating the back of the cage.
Q. WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL?
A. Acai bowl
Q. TELL US YOUR FAVORITE MOTIVATIONAL QUOTE.
A. “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it would happen, others make it happen” – Michael Jordan
Q. IF YOU COULD PLAY ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD, WHERE WOULD IT BE?
A. Lincoln Financial Field - home of the Philadelphia Eagles!
FROM THE BLOG
GET DEFENSIVE WITH AUSTIN PIFANI'S WEAPON OF CHOICE
University of North Carolina alum Austin Pifani knows a good stick set-up when he has one. A core part of the Tar Heels’ 2016 championship defense, Pifani has continued to make a name for himself at the professional level — and he’s been using the same weapon all along.
Tried and true for six years, never bent nor broken, Pifani reveals the stick that helps him serve up a strong defensive strategy: