The following Q&A session with senior OG Seth Reed appeared in the Army Football Game Day Program on Nov. 6 against Air Force.
Why did you choose to come to West Point?
To me, West Point provided the most opportunity out of any other college. It gave me the opportunity to play Division I football which is every high school football player’s goal. It gave me the opportunity to get the best education in the nation. It gave me the opportunity to serve the country which has given me so much. Lastly, it gave me the opportunity to test myself in a way that no other university possibly could have.
What does it mean to you to be an Army football player?
To make it as an Army football player at the Academy it takes a special person. You are saying that you will take on the normal responsibilities of a cadet and add on hours of emotional and physical stress everyday at practice. You are taking on a tradition of greatness, not just in football, but also down within the Corps. You are accepting the fact that you are held to a higher standard and understanding you will have much less time to accomplish that standard. Personally, I embrace the challenge and would not want it any other way.
How has playing football at Army changed you?
Playing football at the Academy has made me a much stronger person. Those days when you have class all the way up to practice and then after practice you realize you have about three hours of graded homework waiting for you back in your room really tests you. Looking back I would not trade those days, because being able to handle that kind of pressure makes you an Army football player, and in the long run helps you realize there is not much you cannot do.
Describe your fondest memory of Army football.
The Vanderbilt game my junior year was a memory that I will cherish forever. Being a part of a team that was given no credit and no chance to win and then pulling off an upset like that was incredible. I cannot describe the feeling I had when the Cadets rushed the field and I finally realized what had just happened. We all believed in each other and did what everyone thought was impossible. That was a great Saturday at Michie Stadium.
Think back to your first day of practice as a plebe. If you could go back and give yourself some advice, what would it be?
The biggest lesson I have learned here is always stay in touch with your family. They are the one thing that remains constant at the Academy. My family has supported me the whole time I have been here and I could not have made it this far without them. I would also say whatever your beliefs, have faith in something. On those hard and seemingly impossible days, faith goes a long way. As far as football, I would tell myself no matter how buried you get in the depth chart always go out and do the best you can on that day and never lose faith.
Who at West Point has had the biggest impact on you over the last four years?
I believe everyone who I have interacted with at West Point has had some kind of impact on me. My friends here have definitely helped me. Without the help of my friends and teammates Carson Homme and Tom Hagan, academically I doubt I could still be at the Academy. My friends have provided me with help in everything and just having people to rely on during those tough days makes all the difference. Also my TAC NCO SFC Harrison has taught me invaluable lessons about the Army and life in general. He has been a great mentor to me during my time at the Academy.
What branch do you want to enter after graduation and why?
I would be happy with any branch I received. For me it is really about just having the opportunity to be an Army officer and lead soldiers. I am pretty good at making the best of any situation. After graduation I will be so happy that I made it through West Point that I will welcome any change. The only thing I know is that whatever branch I receive, I will work to be the best officer I can be in that branch. If I decided to stay in the Army, I would like to eventually be a JAG officer.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
In my spare time you can find me hanging out with my friends back home taking part in a variety of different activities. I love doing stuff with my family, such as spending a three-day weekend at our cabin. I like to watch movies whenever I can and try to find time to get in some golf.
If you weren’t playing football, what other sport would you be playing?
It is hard to imagine not playing football, but my second favorite sport has always been baseball. A lot of people find baseball boring, but I always loved watching a good baseball game. I would settle for a spot on the Philadelphia Phillies as a left handed pitcher.
What is the most important lesson you have learned while at West Point?
West Point provides you with so many lessons it is hard to chose, but I would say never give up. There are some days here that seem like the end of the world, but it really isn’t. I’ve learned there is nothing you cannot do if you want to badly enough. Your friends will always be able to help you and your family will always be an outlet to vent to. Using those two things, I have learned nothing is impossible.