Windermere High School sophomore Adam Vucic contributed to the Wolverines’ win against Astronaut High Friday, May 19. The wide receiver and linebacker scored a touchdown catch, as well as a safety.
Tell us about your years as a football player.
I started playing football my freshman year of high school and fell in love with the game instantly. … It’s been my anchor. It’s what keeps me going, even when I don’t want to.
Football is the ultimate team sport. The camaraderie and brotherhood the team, coaches and trainers have together really make you feel like you are a part of something bigger than football. Football was there for me when my mom was in the hospital fighting for her life. That’s why I honor her by wearing No. 17. She always told me, “I don’t care what you do as long as you are happy and give it your all.” Football is my coping mechanism.
What do you love most about football as a sport?
The passion by far, there is nothing better than when you’re with a group of guys and a coaching staff that love the game as much as you do and want to go out there and give it their all (on) every play.
How long have you been a part of the Wolverines’ football team?
This will be my first year. I transferred in from Chicago, and honestly, I am beyond grateful and blessed to have the opportunity to play for this team. We have an excellent coaching staff and trainers, and the guys on this team welcomed me and accepted me immediately. Truthfully, I don’t think I’d want to play with a different group of guys than the ones we have here. They are locked in on and off the field, and that’s the type of people I like to surround myself with.
What do you believe football has taught you not only on the field but also off it?
How to become a good man and a good human being — specifically how to be accountable, honorable and a leader, an advocate for yourself and (how to) uplift others in the real world.
Do you have a favorite NFL team?
Growing up in Chicago, I definitely do have a favorite team — the Monsters of the Midway — the Chicago Bears.
What is your favorite hobby?
Cooking. (All my family members) are very good cooks and were chefs at one point. Cooking is how you can express yourself, (because) everyone has their own recipe.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
Get in some extra work if the weather is nice, play video games or hang out with my friends. (I like to) go on walks with my mom or just have a family night.
What are three things you would take with you to a deserted island? Why?
Solar lights or a lantern, so I have light at night; a tent, so I have shelter to stay in; and a fishing rod, so I can catch fish.
What’s your favorite movie?
“Hustle,” because Adam Sandler is my favorite actor, and it has one of my all time favorite quotes: “Obsession is going to beat talent every time. You got all the talent in the world, but are you obsessed? Let’s face it. It’s you against you out there.” And yes, even though it’s a basketball movie, this quote means way more than just basketball.
Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
The Flash, because of his speed.
What are three places you would like to visit? Why?
Santorini, because I’ve known a lot of people who have gone there and they’ve said it’s amazing; Buenos Aires, because it just seems like a beautiful place with an amazing cultural background; and Honolulu, because I mean, who doesn’t want to visit Hawaii? They have such rich history and the scenery is next level.
If you could go back in time to a specific period of history, which one would it be and why?
I’d say the 90’s to watch (Michael) Jordan cement his legacy and win multiple championships for the city of Chicago. “The Last Dance” is by far one of the best documentaries ever made.
What color would you say represents your personality? Why?
Blue, I just have a positive vibe and a determined spirit and truly believe whatever I put my mind to I can accomplish.
If you could be an animal for a day, which one would you be and why?
A cheetah, because it is the fastest animal on the planet.