(Fun Facts, where we find out more about FCIAC athletes, was a regular feature on The Ruden Report Overtime newsletter. Until we start publishing the newsletter again, we are posting them here. We are dedicating this week, due to the absence of Thanksgiving games, to football players.)
A new Fun Facts with Greenwich’s Mason Muir.
What is your favorite pregame ritual with your team? My favorite pregame ritual with a teammate would be when (Jason) Gussis and I practice our handshake celebration after I make a warmup field goal.
Are you superstitious on game day? If so, in what way? I am not particularly superstitious but whenever I listen to All Star by Smash Mouth before games I somehow play better. I also have to lay out what I’m going to wear the night before.
What is one thing about Greenwich football that you will deeply miss? The biggest thing I will miss is the family culture. It doesn’t matter if you’re a third string kicker or the starting QB, all the coaches and players care for each other like no other team I have ever been a part of.
Looking back at your years of playing football, what is your favorite memory? My favorite memory is when Lucas Christensen absolutely decked a kid on kickoff and the entire sideline went nuts.
How has football shaped you into the person you are now? It has taught me to persevere through hardship, advocate when in need and that in order to succeed not just in football but in life I have to put fourth a selfless attitude and to put my trust in others.
What is your favorite pre- and postgame meal? My favorite pregame meal was a Soprano from Villa Nuova with a glass of milk. My favorite postgame is the other half of my Soprano and another glass of milk!
What does a Thanksgiving day football game mean to you? Playing on Thanksgiving really emphasizes the family values that Greenwich football holds. We work together and help motivate and encourage each other all in unique ways that really demonstrate the meaning of one team, one family (#bancraiders!).
What separates your team from other teams? The biggest thing that separates us from other teams is our willingness to win. When we go out to play football we play to win and it doesn’t matter who gets the job done. In the moments that truly matter we all know that we can trust each other to make plays and be there for us.