Football Program Q&A: Zach Miller

Football Program Q&A: Zach Miller
  • What is your concentration? 
    • Economics
  • What do you hope to do in life once football is finished? 
    • Find happiness in the next stage of life, whatever that may be.
  • Can you explain the nuances of your position and provide something for the casual fan to better understand what you're seeing on the field? 
    • I play safety so I stand in the back of the defense. I am the last thing between the offense and the end zone. So I have to stop the quarterback from throwing touchdowns and the running back from rushing for touchdowns.
  • What is your first memory of football? 
    • Bull in the ring during pee-wee football.
  • What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan? 
    • Lacrosse.
  • What are the hardest parts of being a student-athlete at Harvard? 
    • Time management.
  • What's the best part of a home football day? 
    • Getting dressed and ready in our locker room with all 115 guys. Also, seeing my family and everyone else's that were able to make the trip.
  • Who do you like lining up against in practice? 
    • Ryan Antonellis. The guy is a beast. He always offers a challenge in open space and at the line of scrimmage.
  • Who has the best nickname on the team?
  • Who you have a nickname? If so, how did it come about? 
    • ZMills. Everyone got tired of using my full name because I wasn't the only Zach as a freshman.
  • How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life? Playing Harvard Football has taught me about overcoming adversity, working towards a common goal, taking pride and joy in the little things, and the importance of brotherhood/family.
  • What do you think when you hear Harvard's mission statement: 'Education Through Athletics?' 
    • I'd say it is spot on. I've learned more about myself and life on a football field than I have in any classroom. Lessons are taught at 100 miles per hour
  • What do you want your Harvard legacy to be? 
    • On the field, I want to be remembered as a guy who brought passion with a smile on his face every day. Off the field, I want to be remembered as someone you could turn to for anything.If you weren't playing football, you would be… crushing Netflix and HBOGO.
  • What is your favorite football memory? 
    • Senior speeches the Thursday before every Harvard-Yale game.
  • What are your favorite places to eat in the square? 
    • Felipe's and Pinocchio's Pizza.
  • If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be? 
    • Ray Lewis, Ray Charles, and Raishaun McGhee.
  • Best football movie of all-time? Why? 
    • The Longest Yard. At its core, its an underdog story, the soundtrack, and Adam Sandler playing quarterback is such a joke.
  • If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why? 
    • Barack Obama. It's pretty obvious. He's the man.
  • If you could go back, what's one piece of advice you would give to yourself as a freshman? 
    • Get out and meet more people as a freshmen. Xbox and sleep aren't that important.
  • Who has the best dance moves on the team? The worst?
  • Your favorite 'Murph'-ism (saying or quote from Coach Murphy)? 
    • "He's a ball player!