Coming from a Johnnie student-athlete, I thoroughly enjoy seeing those who wear the red and blue recognized for their discipline, effort and athleticism. Playing a collegiate sport is no small feat.
According to the NCAA’s numbers, less than eight percent of high school athletes will play a sport in college. This number only shrinks in regards to high school athletes who will compete in two collegiate sports.
Max Jackson was recently recogized for doing so by The Record in its most recent issue. Jackson undoubtedly deserves this; he does great things for the SJU football and baseball teams. But, there is a Johnnie athlete who competes on not one, not two, but three SJU varsity teams.
Colin Fisher (’17), competed for four years on the SJU varsity football team, starting his senior year on the offensive line for the MIAC second place Johnnies.
He also wrestled heavyweight all four years, advancing to the NCAA Regionals. To finish the trifecta, Fischer is currently in his fourth year of throwing for the track and field team. That’s four straight years of literally never having an off-season. This, coupled with working an on-campus job and a busy class schedule results in a very busy life. Fischer epitomizes the slogan, “take no days off.”
We have a number of two sport athletes on campus, but few, if any, three sport athletes besides Fischer. As he finishes up his twelfth season of Johnnie athletics, I just wanted to make sure Fischer finally got recognized for his improbable feat.
Luke Olley ’19