Rob Ciancaglini, Broadneck, football

Q&A --


Rob Ciancaglini is the starting center and a linebacker for the No. 9 Bruins. The 6-foot-1, 225-pound senior is a three-year starter, throws the shot put for the indoor track team and plays lacrosse. A member of the National Honor Society and Student Government Association, Ciancaglini carries a 4.25 grade-point average and scored 2,010 (out of 2,400) on his SAT.

After a rare down season at 4-6 last year, you guys are off to a great start, aren't you?

We are. We are really meshing well as a team and have great team chemistry, and I think we can possibly do some things this year.

What's it been like playing football at Broadneck?

It's been amazing. The coaches are great, and my teammates and everyone in the community is real supportive and comes out in big numbers. Even the little kids coming up, saying, "Oh, you play for Broadneck." That's a really neat thing. Overall, it's been an amazing experience, and I think I'm going to miss it.

How is coach Jeff Herrick, who is very focused, to play for?

He's a good guy. He has a good time, but he knows when to get down to business. He doesn't put up with any showboating, and I really like that. I like the old-school style."

Playing three sports, how are you able to maintain such high academic standards?

I give all the credit to my parents [Rob and Dawn]. Since I was a little kid, they really gave me a great work ethic. I would come home from school and couldn't do anything until my homework was done. They wouldn't let me go out and play football until my homework was done. That's great work ethic.

What do you do for fun besides sports?

My friends and I go to the movies, or go to All You Can Eat Wings Night and Taco Night. I also enjoy coaching youth football and basketball.

How about a hero, idol or someone you admire?

Reggie White. He was a great person on and off the field.

What about college -- what are you going to do?

I really want to play football in college, but at the same time, I want to get a good education. A couple of colleges I've been looking at for football and academics are Harvard, Georgetown, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Holy Cross -- those kinds of schools.

So what do you hope to do after college?

Well, let's say the NFL dream doesn't work out. I would really like to work with kids, maybe as a pediatrician, something along those lines. I plan to major in premed."

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