Athlete Showcase: Austin Taggert

Published 8:39 am Friday, October 30, 2015

Austin Taggert is a senior on the Dowagiac football team.


What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

AT: Being first team all-conference.

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

AT: Not making it to playoffs last year.

What has been a hardship in your life?

AT: Growing up without my dad.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

AT: My dad, even though he isn’t here, it’s him because I know he believes in me.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

AT: The first play of a big game.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

AT: Getting tired while running down the field.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

AT: Just as I would with my team.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

AT: Probably soccer.

Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?

AT: My grandparents, because they haven’t missed one of my games since I started sports.

How would you give away $50,000?

AT: By giving it to a cancer charity.

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

AT: The team I would choose would be my team, because I couldn’t ask for a better one.

If I did not play sports, I would…?

AT: Be working to help my family.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

AT: Knowing all the plays and what I have to do.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

AT: The targeting rule.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

AT: When people say that I have golden hands.

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

AT: I got dared to jump into a lake during winter, and no, I still regret it.

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

AT: Having my quarterback throw for the school record.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

AT: Hanging out with friends so I’m not being lazy.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

AT: Fun.