OTB: So, let's start. You talked about your fandom in your post, but let's talk Rutgers. What draws you back to the teams year in and year out? Football has had a nice run, but it's pretty recent. And hoops... 21 years?
Frank Wrublevski III: Lets start with football. I played football my entire life including one year in college at Kean. I have always loved the game and espcially college football. As far as Rutgers goes I would say that two of my favorite players of all time are Devraun Thompson and currently Khaseem Greene. To me these guys embody Rutgers football. Hardworking, tough, NJ kids. Players like this have been around before for RU, but not on talented teams like this. To me a guy like Malik Jackson who used to play linebacker for us our Jim Gurantano who played receiver were just these tough as nails players. I knew if we could get 22 of these type of players we would make that step into getting back to bowls. That is exactly what we did in 2005. We had a bunch of players who worked their tails, but in the grand scheme no real superstar players coming out of high school. Guys with chips on their shoulder who may have got passed on by the Miami and Syracuse's of the world at the time.
A couple of my Rutgers fan buddies and I play what we like to call the RU basketball transfer drinking game. If you can name three transfers, the opponent has to take a shot. Glen Stokes (Monmouth), Josh Sankes (Holy Cross), Dahntay Jones (Duke). Shot! So many players have jumped ship I am surprised I haven't as well.
OTB: What's your Saturday afternoon football tradition? Tailgate?
FW: Our Saturday afternoon tradition as evolved o ver the years. We do not plan holiday parties, or family reunions. We start planning for Rutgers tailgating in about March for the September games. We will randomly pick out supplies for games when they are on sale throughout the year.
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