Football Q&A With Patrick Laird

Patrick Laird

Patrick Laird

Oct. 1, 2013

Why did you choose to come to West Point?
West Point has always been a part of my life because I was born here. My mom taught in the Department of Physical Education and when she decided to leave the Army we moved to Monroe, N.Y. By staying so close to West Point and having parents who were Army officers I became interested in the Academy.

What does it mean to be an Army football player?
Being an Army football player means being a person who gives one hundred percent effort in everything he does. Army football has taught me how to work hard to achieve my goals and what it means to be a part of a team and a brotherhood.

Describe your fondest memory of Army football.
My fondest memory of Army football would have to be the win over Air Force last year. There was no better feeling than beating a huge rival and being able to sing with my brothers after the game.

What branch do you want to enter after graduation and why?
I hope to branch Infantry because I really enjoy being involved with my subordinates and being part of a team environment. I am excited to lead soldiers and develop my platoon into a brotherhood like I have with the Army football team.

What is the most important lesson you have learned while at West Point?
The most important lessons I have learned while at West Point are that there are many different ways to lead people and that everyone responds to different styles of leadership. I hope that I can continue to develop my own leadership style so that I can inspire and motivate anybody that I will lead in the future.

What do you like to do in what little down time you have?
I enjoy listening to all kinds of music and playing basketball.

If you could go back in time, what would you tell yourself on the first day of your plebe year?
I would tell myself to take a deep breath because it is going to go by much faster than you think.

Growing up nearby, what was your connection to Army football during your youth? Was playing at Michie Stadium always something you thought about?
My connection to Army football was mainly prevalent during the annual Army-Navy game. My family would watch it every year, and I would dream of playing in that game. Last December was a dream come true for me. Playing in Michie Stadium for every home game is another amazing and humbling experience, and I will cherish every one this year.

What has it been like to get to play in front of friends and family? Has that served as extra motivation?
Playing in front of my family has definitely motivated me to play even harder. Knowing that they are at the game watching me every play reminds me why I am at West Point.

Talk about your development and what you had to do in order to work your way up the depth chart since your plebe season.
I worked my way up the depth chart by working hard every off-season to get bigger and stronger and improve my fundamentals.

What went through your mind when you saw yourself as the No. 1 play on SportsCenter last year?
I was really surprised when I saw that because when I caught the ball I didn't think much of it, but I guess other people did. It was a very exciting experience that I never thought would happen, but it is something I will always remember.

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