It’s not everyday that a 9-year-old gets the opportunity to interview one of the top players in college football.
This week, Oregon resident, Tate Williams, not only got that opportunity but did so in front of dozens of reporters and with thousands of people watching Oregon’s annual Football Media Day at Autzen Stadium.
In routine fashion, reporters gathered in the Club level as coaches and players including, running back, Royce Freeman, stepped up to the podium to field questions. One of those questions came from Williams, a soon-to-be 4th grader at Westridge Elementary ( coincidentally located on “Royce” Way in Lake Oswego).
Williams currently serves as a Sportswriter for his school’s newspaper, What’s up Westridge, and through a series of events, was invited to attend the event with Fletcher Johnson, Radio Host from Portland’s 750 The Game,
Having been a new reporter in that room in the past, I couldn’t help but wonder if Williams was at all nervous as he took the mic.
“A little,” Williams said. “But not too much.”
Williams told gridirongirl that although he had prepared five questions, he was only able to ask one of them.
“How do you feel about being so close to breaking LaMicheal James’ career record?” Williams asked, joining a very short list of recent kid reporters who have been granted access to Oregon’s media sessions.
The other kid reporter on that list? Then 12-year-old, Chalie Pape, who coined the now infamous “Jesus, Girls and Marcus Mariota” quote in 2014.
Undoubtedly, the experience is one any young, budding reporter will not forget any time soon. When asked to describe the experience in one word, Williams immediately said, “Amazing.” For Williams, the best part was seeing all that goes into putting together the normal “sports highlights” he watches on TV.
So what other questions did Williams have prepared?
It turns out Williams, just like most fans, is simply curious about Freeman’s preparation for the NFL, his favorite classes and his game day routine.
Unfortunately, Westridge Elementary will just have to wait until October to find out if he was finally able to get those final questions answered.
In the meantime, Williams is sure to start the fourth grade with instant popularity points.
Keep dreaming big, Tate. The sky is the limit.