Name: Justin Barnett
School/Mascot: Mount Union College/ Purple Raiders
Sport: Football and Baseball
Class: Football Sr. / Baseball Redshirt So
Current City: Alliance, OH
Hometown: Akron, OH
Birth date: 9-23-1989
Height/Weight: 6' 2" / 201
Position: Football Wr. / Baseball OF.
On your sport…
How long have you baseball and football? What inspired you to play?
Since I was five years old. My family has always been active in sports, so it was second nature to play.
Where is your favorite sport to play?
Basketball. I had a better chance to play football and baseball in college though.
What is your favorite number? Why?
3. This was the first number that I ever played with.
Who is the best player you’ve played WITH and AGAINST?
The best player I've ever played with and against is Chris Wells (NFL-Arizona Cardinals).
Do you have a pre-game ritual? If so, what is it?
I play a certain playlist before every game as loud as I can.
What made you choose your school?
Mount Union presented a winning program athletically and educationally.
If you didn’t play your sport, what sport would you play?
What is the worst experienced you’ve had? What did you learn from it?
Transferring my senior of high school; it proved that you never know how good something is until you lose it.
Have you ever had an injury while performing your sport?
The worst injury was my junior year at Garfield High School. During the football season playing Walsh Jesuit High School I broke a bone in my foot.
What do you consider as your greatest accomplishment?
Making all-conference in three sports during high school.
What is your most memorable moment? Why?
Winning a national championship in football my sophomore year of college.
How have sports helped you become who you are today?
It helps you learn to deal with various people and build bonds that can never be broken.
How has your family reacted to all of your sporting success?
They have always been extremely supportive
What made you pursue both football and baseball in college?
I chose football and baseball because I was being recruited by the Cincinnati Reds out of high school, and I was heavily recruited by D1 schools for football, so I wanted to give myself the option for both.
If it came down to it, which would you choose out of the two?
Whoa! That is a tough one!! In football there is more publicity, but with baseball you can play longer and make a lot more money. But whatever the best offer would be I would take!
Is it hard balancing both football and baseball in college, opposed to just one sport?
Definitely a lot more pressure!
Behind your sport…
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Just being around people for the most part; My family and friends are very important to my life.
Name 3 Fun Facts about yourself that people may not know.
1. I really care about how people view me
2. I like to have at least an hour a week to reflect on my past, present, and future.
3. I don’t eat vegetables
Do you have a pet peeve? If so, what is it?
Facebook or Twitter?
What is your favorite movie?
Love and basketball
Ps3, Xbox or neither?
What is your favorite part about college?
Having the ability to have complete control in my life.
What is the first thing you notice about people?
If they are attention needy
What is your favorite quote?
“If you look good, you play good”
Who is the most influential person you’ve met? Why?
My mom because she had to raise me by herself. Everything that I've wanted to do she has been behind me.
What do you value the most?
Family and friends.
What is your major? Why did you choose it?
Accounting and Financial Mathematics. Math is my favorite subject and it allows me to make a difference in people's lives.
Is there anything that you regret or would take back in your life?
When you have regrets they stay in your life. So I try my hardest to not regret decisions I have made and treat those as learning experiences.
Outside of your sport, what are your visions/goals in life?
My goal is to help people become independent financially.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Being a financial advisor.
How do you feel about being the Dorm Rumor?
It’s a great idea because it allows people to learn more of a particular athlete that you wouldn't know by just watching them play.
What are your thoughts about Mylan Murphy?
Mylan, Mylan, Mylan. I have nothing but respect for him. He has dreams and will stop at nothing to make them come true. Im glad I have the honor to call him a friend.
What advice do you have to anyone reading your story?
Take advantage of every opportunity that arises because it may be the best decision you ever made.
What will you continue to Strive4?
To help people any way I can.
Follow Justin's football career at http://www2.muc.edu/Athletics/men_s_teams/football/Profiles/justin_barnett.aspx and baseball career at http://www2.muc.edu/Athletics/men_s_teams/baseball/Profiles/justin_barnett.aspx