Joe Parsnik is a former three-sport athlete from Coughlin High School, who is now a redshirt freshman running back at Bloomsburg University. He ran for 101 yards on 14 carries in his third collegiate game in Sept. 2013, and finished his first season with 513 yards on 84 attempts despite limited opportunities playing behind Harlon Hill Award winner Franklyn Quiteh.
In high school with the Crusaders, he was an all-star football player who rushed for more than 1,000 yards in each of his final two seasons. As well as being a two-way standout on the gridiron, he was a three-year starter for the Coughlin baseball team.
What sports did you play in high school?
Baseball, wrestling and football.
Why didn’t you choose to focus on just one sport?
Basically, with college and knowing how hard it is and how much work I’d have to do. I wanted to try different things while I could. Now, I have football, but I’m trying to focus on getting a job and focus on my career as well.
Do you wish you had focused on just one sport?
No, I don’t because playing different sports allows to you see how they (the athletes) go about themselves. There are different people and different personalities. It’s good to see different people and opinions in the sports they play.
What was your favorite sport and what were you best at?
Football. I liked all three, but with football, I was introduced to it at a young age. I was able to catch on very fast. I liked to be involved in a sport that is more aggressive and love being on the football field.
Did playing multiple sports hurt your chance to play the collegiate level?
I don’t believe so. Especially with football and wrestling, I worked on stamina, which helped for football. I concentrated on lifting with football and developed a lot of foot speed, quickness and agility in the process. And I showed some scouts that I can play more than one sport.