5 questions for Cal football’s Patrick Laird

5 questions for Cal football’s Patrick Laird


So, yeah, a couple seasons ago, my buddy Chad Hansen he was scoring a lot, and he was doing these cool, simple touchdown celebrations. And we used to live together with a group of other football players. We were all going around the room talking about — OK, you know, if someone scored a touchdown, you know, what would they do? And someone jokingly said that I would read a book because, you know, they know that I like reading, they know I like school. And I kind of kept it in the back of my mind and thought, you know, if I ever get the opportunity, I mean, I’m going to do it. And so … here we are. Yeah. Yeah, so it’s very simple and then sometimes I went like this a couple times. I turned pages. It’s a physical book I haven’t got, I haven’t switched over to the e-reader yet. I still still read the paper books. I was on the sideline last season before a game. There was this older man and his son. He kind of tapped on my shoulder. He said, “Hey will you meet my son real quick?” And I was like, “Sure.” Turn around, and this kid kid was wearing a No. 28 jersey. And so that’s my number. At that moment it was kind of, like, eye-opening. I had never seen any, you know, kid wear my jersey before. I realized I was kind of in a different position than I had been in the past on the team. And I realized, you know, I could have some sort of positive influence going forward. “The Magic Treehouse,” “Captain Underpants,” “Hardy Boys.” I was really into those series. I use it every semester. The No. 1 thing I do is, like, the online resources when I’m doing research for essays. And then when I go into the Library, the main thing is, like, I love the Library as an opportunity to just get away from everyone. I like computers, you know, like messing around my mom’s, like, Mac laptop. She had GarageBand, and so I started messing around on that. And I was really, like, I liked to listen to music a lot. A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Kanye West beats. Like, I remember in middle school, I couldn’t wait until I could go to college so that I could have my own dorm room and make, you know, hip-hop beats. And then I got a computer for my birthday, and then I got a keyboard and some speakers, and I just started, you know, getting better at the keyboard, and so I just used software on the computer and make the best music that I could.

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