Middlebury

#45 Erik Woodring
Graduation Year: 2008
Position: LB
Height: 6’3”
Weight: 225
Previous School: Greenwich
Hometown: Cos Cob, Conn.
Major: Economics
Describe your initial reaction upon seeing the campus and athletic facilities for the first time.

My first reaction upon arriving at Middlebury was one of awe. Standing at the top of Alumni Stadium and looking across all the fields and athletic facilities towards the mountains was truly a moment that I will never forget. Then, as I walked through the campus with my parents and saw all the buildings, dorms, library, etc. it was obvious that Middlebury was a first-rate college and I would feel at home here.

What is the one thing that makes Middlebury College a special place for you?

What makes Middlebury special for me is the people I have encountered along my journey through college. The friends I have made, teammates I have played with, coaches I have played for and professors I have taken classes with are all incredible people who have inspired me to try and excel in every path life has taken me.

What is your best memory as a player at Middlebury College?

My best memory as a player here was walking into the locker room for the first time and seeing my name and number above my locker, and realizing that I was now part of the team. As the season moved along and I developed friendships with my teammates, I knew that Middlebury was where I belonged.

What have you learned from your sport that you will use in your everyday life?

The one thing that I have learned from playing football that I will continue to use in everyday life is that in order to succeed at anything in life you must dedicate countless hours to reaching your goals. Whether it is running at 6:30 am twice a week in the off-season or working overtime to finish a business deal, success does not come easy. One of the best feelings you can experience is reaching a milestone after dedicating all your time and effort into accomplishing that one goal.

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