Stephen Galloway (18) is a staff writer at Youngspeak and is currently a proud freshman at Mercer University who is majoring in economics and minoring in political science. From a very early age, Stephen has had a profound interest in sports, and it all started with Michael Vick’s run as the quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons. His love for sports blossomed when his beloved Auburn Tigers -- “WAR EAGLE” -- went undefeated in 2004 and were wrongfully held out of the BCS National Championship Game (thanks, Reggie Bush).
As he continued to get older, his love of sports and everything related to it continued. He started watching the incompetent knuckleheads over at ESPN every day after school argue over the most pointless and trivial sports topics of the day and had the bold idea of actually trying the sport of football and somewhat succeeding in it during his Pop Warner years. In middle school, his love for football became almost an obsession. Not only did this average-to-above-average athlete have Division I dreams, but he thought he was the coach for the Auburn Tigers.
Every day on the way to school he wrote some shade of orange, white or blue; he drew offensive plays during class -- with blocking schemes included -- and dreamed of one day strapping on a headset and leading the Tigers to a national championship. Middle school was also a rough time for Stephen, as he switched his favorite NFL team from Michael Vick’s Falcons to Jason Campbell’s Redskins. Yes, the Redskins. Yes, those Washington Redskins. Yes, the same team that is owned by the buffoon that is known as Dan Snyder. And, yes, the same team that the most powerful man in the world suggested changing its name.
Within his first week of high school, Stephen Galloway’s Division I dreams were dashed. In his first high school football game, he went up against a 6-foot-6, 330-pound lineman who threw him around like a rag doll and simultaneously crashed his dreams of playing at the next level. Though he continued to play the sport he loved and succeeded in it in high school, he developed other interests and passions; those included golf -- which he considers his legal cocaine -- classical and jazz piano -- which he improved drastically at to impress the ladies; no luck for him yet -- and a deep interest in American politics. In fact, his favorite presidents are Millard Fillmore and Jimmy Carter and plan.
During his freshman year of high school, he thankfully switched teams from the Redskins to the Pittsburgh Steelers and has never looked back since. In fact, he secretly wishes that he was Mike Tomlin, because let's face it: That man has swag. Additionally, he started watching more basketball, especially the NBA, because no one wants to watch all those timeouts at the end of the game with college basketball. Since he felt obligated to be a fan of at least one Atlanta sports team, he chose to become a fan of the Atlanta Hawks and has suffered ever since. Of course through all these changes he has remained loyal to his beloved Auburn Tigers, even if they are 3-9 or 14-0. Only Auburn could do that. Although he decided to attend Mercer instead of Auburn, he was able to keep all of his abundance of orange in his closet and traded some of his navy blue for black.
In his spare time Stephen enjoys blowing his money on golf, listening to NPR, arguing about Obama’s foreign policy (there is no easier way to start an argument), listening to Nat King Cole, Luther Vandross, John Legend and J Cole and spending his Saturdays and Sundays watching his beloved Auburn Tigers and Pittsburgh Steelers.
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