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Almost everyone on the University of Texas campus knows senior defensive lineman Breckyn Hager. Though he is known for his golden locks and aggressive game-day energy, there is a lot more to Breckyn than his football star status. I got the chance to sit down and ask one of college football’s most freakish athletes about music, food, and life as he knows it.
Cameron Shepherd: To start, what is your pump-up song?
Breckyn Hager: My pump up song… I’d say it’s Slave Master by Future, Codeine Crazy by LiL 24, and Can’t Tell Me Nothing by Kanye West.
CS: Do you listen to those before every game?
BH: Yeah, it’s been a tradition.
CS: What is your major, and how did you choose it?
BH: My major is philosophy. I wanted to be an RTF major originally, but we actually hired some RTF people from the school to work on one of our feature films. They were super lazy and didn’t seem like they knew what they were talking about, so I thought, “Ok, this is kind of silly.” So, I took what I learned from the few classes I took, and I realized that Aristotle is actually one of the greatest screenwriters of all time. It’s pretty interesting, not many people know that. So I just kind of studied that, and I’ve written a few more scripts. I’m pretty interested in the logic and everything that goes into human language and thoughts.
CS: Yeah, I had no idea that Aristotle was a screenwriter so that’s cool. You learn something new every day. Ok, now I have to ask: you have great hair, what do you use to manage it?
BH: Haha, it’s pretty difficult, especially during the game and after the game, it gets all matted. When it is, I just use conditioner and shampoo. Then I will comb it out and let it dry and then boom, there it is.
CS: Where is your favorite place to eat in Austin?
BH: That’s a great question. I’m a huge foodie, but I think it’s a toss up between Three Forks, Clarks, and Uchiko.
CS: What do you do on your days off?
BH: Believe it or not, I actually work. I’m like constantly scheming on different projects and ideas. My days off give me time to work on things that aren’t necessarily related to football because you can’t put all your eggs in one basket. So yeah, I like to work on my all my films, and there’s a startup company I’m working on. I produce, method act, and write. My best friend directs, helps me with vision and writes as well. We’re actually currently creating a trilogy. Oh, and I’m also in the process of trying to win the Nobel Peace Prize by proving God’s existence.
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CS: Wow, very deep! If you were stuck on a deserted island and you could have three things, what would they be?
BH: Ok, I’ve seen every season of Naked and Afraid, so this is a pretty easy answer. One, you need a fire kit. You’re not going to make it past two days without a fire starter. Two, you need a bug net, or more of a cover…what do they call it?
CS: Like those things like mosquito nets?
BH: Yeah, because the bugs will be brutal. Then, the third one… I would probably have to take some sort of weapon, but it depends what kind of island it is.
CS: Alright, very logical. So, what TV shows or movies are you watching right now?
BH: Right now I’m watching the Runescape Deadman tournament on YouTube, but usually I just go back and watch older films. Movies nowadays are just boring and generic. I usually go back to the 50’s, 60’s, 40’s a lot, so like old Marlon Brando, stuff like that. Some of my favorites are On the Waterfront, One Eyed Jacks, and Star Wars.
CS: Cool. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
BH: The first thing I do in the morning? That depends.
CS: On if you have football or not?
BH: Yes, if it’s football day, it’s usually a stressful wake up because I always have to be somewhere on time, so it would be turning off my 500 alarms I have set.
CS: So are you someone who can’t wake up on your first alarm? Like you have one set at 7, 7:15, 7:30 and so on?
BH: Not exactly. It’s more so that I’m so scared that I won’t wake up. I will jump up on the first alarm, but I set so many just in case something goes wrong.
CS: What is your favorite genre of music, and who’s your favorite artist?
BH: I would say for favorite artist, Kanye West. My favorite genre of music is classical.
CS: What composers do you like?
BH: It depends on what mood I’m in. I love Vivaldi, Mozart, and Lux Aeterna from Requiem for a Dream. I also love Beethoven and his darkness I guess. I like Yo-Yo Ma, just because he’s somewhat relevant.
CS: Here’s one for the ladies: what is your ideal date?
BH: My ideal date? I will be real with you, I really don’t go on a whole a lot of dates haha. I guess the idea is to go to a great restaurant, maybe like Uchiko. Then hopefully it is cold enough, like a Christmas or Halloween time atmosphere, so we could go ice skating, then watch a good film.
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CS: Sounds good to me! What is the best or worst present you ever got?
BH: The best present I’ve ever gotten was a brand new BMW X5. It became the worst present because it could go real fast, and I ended up totaling it.
CS: That’s hilarious. Well, that might answer my next question too. What is the biggest trouble you ever got in as a kid?
BH: I’ll tell you two stories. When I was a senior high school, I went to Round Up, and I was running from a police officer because I was trying to break up a fight, but he thought I started it. So, I was running down by the Fiji house, and I got to this giant gate. I climbed all the way top, and I fell down and broke my wrist. Unfortunately, the next day was the regionals for the shot put meet, so I couldn’t compete in that.
CS: Oh, I bet your parents were glad about that!
BH: Haha yeah, not really. This next one is the best one. Freshman year, when my bank first came out with mobile banking, I took advantage of it legally, and I was doubling my checks until somebody on the team snitched on me to the coach.
BH: Yeah I got in big trouble. I had to meet at the top of the Frost tower, but I was innocent, because I had found a loophole. There’s plenty of other stories, but they’re a little worse.
CS: Wow! Well next question, what is your favorite place in the world?
BH: That’s hard. It’ll have to be three favorite places. My three favorite places are Paris, L.A and Colorado, specifically Aspen.
CS: What is your best college memory so far?
BH: Let me think about this.
CS: I know, it’s a tough question.
BH: Honestly, I don’t think it’s happened yet.
CS: That’s good, gives you something to look forward to, then. Alright, last question: what is the best advice you ever gotten?
BH: Hm… this is just one off the top of my head. I wouldn’t describe it as the best, but I like it: get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Personally, I can give two pieces of advice for other people. First, perfection died on the cross. Second, create the hype, but don’t ever believe it.
*Quotations modified for length and clarity.
I am currently a junior Early Childhood Education major, but I still don’t know what I want to do with my life! I have always been interested in graphic design, photography, and journalism, and I was the Editor in Chief of my high school yearbook. I’m very passionate about traveling, and I love to experience new cultures in any way I can. One of my favorite things about Austin is the huge food scene; I’m a big foodie, and I love both eating and cooking.