Athlete of the Week: Arthur Lawson, Trotwood-Madison High School


Athlete of the Week: Arthur Lawson, Trotwood-Madison High School

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Arthur Lawson

Name: Arthur Lawson

School: Trotwood-Madison

Grade: Senior

Age: 17

Sports: Football, track

Claim to fame/honors: Defensive end for Rams; member of National Honor Society; ranks third in class academically; Questbridge Scholar; alternate on 4x100 relay team that qualified for state last year

Bet you didn’t know … I hope to live until I’m 119 so I can live in two centuries and be 18 twice, which is my favorite number.

Words you live by: What doesn’t kill you simply makes you stranger (from The Dark Knight)

Toughest opponent: Toledo Central Catholic because they put us out of the playoffs my first two years of high school, but we finally got them last year

Biggest influence: The life of Steve Jobs; he saw things into reality when others thought them impossible

Game-day rituals: For both sports, I eat the same sub (Italian herb and cheese footlong; for football I write “Why so serious?” on my right wrist tape

What’s on your bedroom walls? Joker poster with his face; I like to say he watches me sleep

When I’m bored I like to … listen to music and write poetry

Favorite movie: The Dark Knight

Person who would play you in a movie: Coin toss between Donald Glover and Chance the Rapper; I’ve been told I resemble them both strongly

Favorite TV show: Black Mirror

Favorite musical artists: The Weekend, Lil’ Wayne and Kendrick Lamar

I can’t live without: Story telling

I can live without: Homework

Event you’d like to attend: A Stanford national football championship game

Favorite book: Breaking Dawn, the fourth book in the Twilight series

Favorite home-cooked meal: Broccoli casserole

Favorite restaurant: Bravo

Favorite smell: Roses

Favorite cereal: Reese’s Puffs

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Apple Store

Vegetable you won’t eat: Cold cauliflower

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Whose mind would you like to read? Adolph Hitler and Martellus Bennett (Green Bay tight end)

Place where you’d love to travel? Dominican Republic

Talent you’d like to have? I wish I could sing any song

Favorite school subject: Creative writing

Favorite athlete: Rob Gronkowski

Favorite team: Stanford

Favorite Olympic sport: Track

Something in the world I’d like to change: Late night beach patrol

Favorite sports moment: 2015 Super Bowl when the Patriots beat the Seahawks when Malcolm Butler intercepted a pass at the goal line

Favorite junk food: Sour Patch Kids

Best thing about football: Every position on the field relies on each other, but every position has its own individual successes, and for every touchdown there’s a pancake block

In 10 years, I hope to be … on top of the world

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