Cardinal Capsule

Oct. 20, 2000


Eric Heitmann
Sport: Football
Year: Junior
Position:Offensive Guard
Height:6-4
Weight: 245
Hometown: Katy, Texas
High School: Katy HS
Major:Economics
Stanford Athletics Highlights: Has played in all 29 games possible at Stanford and started the last 18 in a row ... A key in Stanford's 1690 rushing yards during his sophomore season in 1999.

NICKNAME
I have had a lot of nicknames from high school to college - 'Big E', 'Big Heit', 'Hitman' and even 'He-man'.

FAVORITE FOOD
Chicken Fried Steak.

FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST(s)
I really like all varieties of music.

FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM
2002 Houston Texans.

FAVORITE PLACE TO HANG OUT
Any electronic store.

BEST BOOK YOU HAVE READ
'It' by Stephen King.

FAVORITE CLASS
Kindergarten class. Those were the days.

FAVORITE HOBBY
I actually play an electronic synthesizer keyboard.

FAVORITE VIDEO GAME
Pokemon for the Gameboy.

FAVORITE MOVIE
Shawshank Redemption.

FAVORITE TV SHOW
The Simpsons.

FAVORITE ATHLETE
Troy Walters.

FAVORITE NON-FOOTBALL ACTIVITY
Going to the movies.

ONE WORD THAT DESCRIBES YOU
Consistent.

IF YOU WERE GOING ON A ROAD TRIP AND COULD ONLY TAKE ONE CD, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU TAKE?
Monster Ballads.

BEST VACATION OR TRIP YOU HAVE EVER TAKEN
It is a tie. My senior year in high school, our family spent a week in Aspen during Christmas. Also, when I was a kid we went on a cross the country trip where I got to visit the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.

OPPONENT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO BEAT
Earlier in the year, I would have said Texas. At this point in the season, I would say Cal.

HOW DO YOU PREPARE BEFORE A GAME? DO YOU HAVE ANY GAMEDAY SUPERSTITIONS?
I really try to relax and envision myself playing the game. I almost run a videotape in my mind of how I am going to block my opponents. I really don't have any game day superstitions.

IF YOU COULD PLAY ANOTHER SPORT AT STANFORD, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
I would play a sport that would not require for me to weigh this much. Maybe swimming or baseball.

BEST THING ABOUT BEING A STUDENT-ATHLETE AT STANFORD
I love the visibility, especially outside the Stanford community. I already feel like I have so many opportunities awaiting me after I graduate.

BEST PART ABOUT YOUR GAME
Winning is always the best part of any game.

WHAT IS THE BEST SPORTING EVENT YOU HAVE EVER ATTENDED AS A SPECTATOR?
I got to watch my younger brother win the Regional Championship football game in the highest Division of Texas high school football. I was proud.

SOMEWHERE YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THAT YOU WOULD MOST LIKE TO VISIT
I really want to go to Cancun for Spring Break. I feel like everyone on the team has been except for me.

IF YOU COULD HAVE DINNER WITH A FAMOUS PERSON, WHO WOULD IT BE?
Probably Jet Li or Jackie Chan.

WHAT DO YOU SEE YOURSELF DOING IN 10 YEARS?
Hopefully still playing football. If that doesn't work out, then maybe I will have moved back to Texas and have a great job close to my family.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT OF YOUR ATHLETIC CAREER TO THIS POINT?
I want to say the Rose Bowl experience, but defeating Texas was also very rewarding especially since I have never been a Longhorn fan.

WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
I wish that I had spare time to spend every once in a while. Lately, I am either concentrating on homework, or I am sleeping.

MOST INFLUENTAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE
My three brothers have all been huge influences in my life over the years. We are very close, and I miss being away from them.

WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE TO ATTEND STANFORD?
The weather, location, coaches, players, (football) program, academics, and my parents wanted me to come here. I think that is all.

WHAT IS SOMETHING ABOUT YOURSELF THAT FEW PEOPLE KNOW?
I miss my dog.

WHAT WOULD YOU WANT PEOPLE TO SAY ABOUT YOU WHEN YOU LEAVE STANFORD?
I want people to remember me as a hard energetic football player that always strived to be the best.

FAVORITE BREAKFAST CEREAL
Cookie Crisp or Grape Nuts.

COKE OR PEPSI?
Coke.

FAVORITE CLASS YOU'VE TAKEN AT STANFORD
I really enjoyed a class called 'Origins of Civilizations'. It was a class offered out of the Anthropology department where we learned about ancient civilizations and the decent of man ... very interesting.

MOST PEOPLE DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH I LIKE
Hunting with my Dad.

FAVORITE PRE-GAME MEAL
I really like Buffalo wings.

PAPER OR PLASTIC?
Paper.

HOW DID YOU SPEND LAST SUMMER?
I spent the summer in Tahoe, Yosemite, and in my dorm room studying for finals in economics and psychology.

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