Highland Park, Sports

Athlete of the Week: 10 questions with Alex Knight, Highland Park football

Alex Knight is a senior lineman for the Giants. He had 53 tackles, including 14 for loss and two safeties, and he returned a kick for a touchdown during Highland Park’s 6-3 regular season.

1.) Do you have any pregame rituals or superstitions? 

I have to eat. I usually get a PotBelly sandwich — the Italian sandwich. 

2. What do you hope to do after high school?

I hope to play football at the college level. I have interest from a couple schools. I’m looking for a school that is good for me academically and that is a good fit for me in football. 

3. What is your favorite thing to do off the field?

Hang out with my family and friends. Me and my mom we watch movies sometimes when we’re not doing anything. 

4. If you could try a new sport, what would it be? 

Basketball. I played basketball so I have a good feel for it. 

5. Do you have a favorite athlete? 

My favorite athlete is LeBron James (NBA — Los Angeles Lakers). I’m from Cleveland so I actually saw him when he won the championship in 2016. So he’s been my favorite since then.

6. What is your dream job?

If I could do anything, I’d want to be a psychiatrist. I come from a medical background, because my mom is a doctor and my aunt is a psychiatrist. 

7. If you’re in Walgreens with a couple bucks, what are you buying? 

I’ll get an Arizona (iced tea), and a Reese’s, usually a Nutrageous. 

8. If you want to travel anywhere, where would you go? 

I would go back to Bolonga (Italy). I’ve been there before; I really liked it. I liked the whole atmosphere and how everything you do you’re walking. 

9. What is something people don’t know about you?

I have lived in three different states. I was born in Illinois but we moved to Cleveland from when I was 1 year old to fourth grade. From fifth grade to 10th grade I was in Florida and midway through sophomore year we moved back to Illinois. I went to New Trier for a semester and then we moved houses and I went to HP.

10. How would you summarize your senior season?

I felt like I had a very good senior year. Actually, it was a big goal of mine was to score and I did on a kickoff return so that was exciting. I always wanted to get a blocked punt and I got one and a blocked filed goal. The team was amazing. We all get a long really well, especially because we had a really big senior connection on and off the field. 

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