Football Program Q&A: John Stivers

John Stivers action photo
Photo Courtesy: Gil Talbot.

• What is your concentration?
Environmental Science and Public Policy

• What do you hope to do in life once football is finished?
Work in environmental sustainably and/or renewable energy. 

• 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 do little bit of everything. I run routes and catch passes with the receivers, block in the run game with O-line, and help in pass protection.

• What is your first memory of football?
My first memory of football is being a waterboy for our local high school team. I ended up playing for their rival in high school, but It made me want to play football. 

• What's your favorite Harvard team to watch as a fan?
Basketball or hockey. They get the rowdiest.

• What are the hardest parts of being a student-athlete at Harvard?
Time management. There's a learning curve to deal with both school and athletics, but over time it gets better. Having said that, I could always use a little more sleep.

• What's the best part of a home football day?
I love playing in Harvard Stadium. It's an iconic venue and It pumps me up hearing the band playing and being underneath the stadium pregame.

• Who do you like lining up against in practice?
With the talent of our defense, specifically the D-line, there's never going to be a match-up that gives you a break or is easy. It only makes us better, though. 

• Who has the best nickname on the team, and why?
There are some great nicknames, but the "Bone-Zone," given to Camden Bohn because of his exceptional Fortnite skills, is my personal favorite.

• Do you have a nickname?
Mostly everyone just calls me by my last name.

• How has playing football at Harvard better prepared you for life?
It's given me important tools such as leadership, a good work ethic, and the ability to manage my time well.

• What do you think when you hear Harvard's mission statement: 'Education Through Athletics'?
Spot on. Most of the life lessons I've learned have been on the field or with having to balance my academic, athletic, and social life. 

• What do you want your Harvard legacy to be?
I just want to be remembered as a good teammate. 

• If you weren't playing football, you would be…
I'd be playing more pickup basketball.   

• What is your favorite football memory?
Last year at Fenway was pretty special. I don't think it gets better than beating Yale at such a historic ballpark. 

• What are your favorite places to eat in the square?
Market during the day and Felipe's late night. 

• If you could have dinner with three people, dead or alive, who would they be?
Will Ferrell, John Wooden, and Larry Bird. 

• Best football movie of all-time? Why?
Rudy, because it's a great underdog story. 

• If you could be anyone for a day, who would it be and why?
Tom Brady. I'm curious to see if he stays true to his diet. 

• If you could go back, what's one piece of advice you would give to yourself as a freshman?
Just to take advantage of all opportunities on and off the field. 

• Who has the best dance moves on the team? The worst?
Honestly, I may be a contender for the worst. Wesley Ogsbury is probably the best. 

• Your favorite 'Murph'-ism (saying or quote from Coach Murphy)?
"That guy can talk a dog of the meat wagon."