What is your major?
My major is economics. I chose economics because I felt like it was the best available major for me.
What is your dream
job outside of football?
I would love to work on Wall Street. I would like to trade and work with wealth management.
Why did you decide to
attend the College of William and Mary?
My dad and I came on a visit here and fell in love with the place. We really fell in love with the campus. With Coach Laycock's longevity here, I knew he was going to be my coach all four or five years on campus.
How did you get word
about William and Mary?
Coach Brendan Nugent recruited me. I attended a camp that coach Nugent was recruiting. I did pretty well at the camp and we kept in contact and sent film back and forth of my senior season. They brought me up on a visit and then offered me a scholarship while I was here. I had offers from FAU, Temple, Richmond, a grey shirt offer at Miami Ohio, and here.
What is your
Delray Beach, Fla., it's about an hour north of Miami. It's known for the beaches on the east coast, and good food.
What was your high
school career like?
I didn't start playing football until my sophomore year of high school because I was really into baseball. I also didn't have very much junior film because I was a quarterback and then halfway through my junior year I was moved to tight end because a quarterback that was better than me transferred in. Junior film is very big for getting recruited, so since I didn't have much I had to rely on camps and have a great senior year in order to play at the next level. I was lucky enough to do well at the camps and have a great senior season.
What has been your
most memorable moment as a William and Mary football player?
My most memorable moments would be all of the FCS games we've played. Just running on the field and all of the fans booing at us. My first game of my freshman year against NC State, especially, because I can remember running out and it was the loudest thing I had ever heard in my life. I was used to only about 600 or 700 people at a game in high school and at that game there were close to 60,000 people.
Do you have any
I have a younger sister who is 20 and she goes to Florida International.
What other sports did
you play in high school?
I started playing baseball at age six and I played until my sophomore year of high school. I finally realized that I wasn't that good so I tried to find something else. I played lacrosse my junior year and I loved that, I kind of wish I would've played all four years. I played JV basketball my freshman year.
Do you have any
People call me Gotty here because my last name is Gottlieb.
Do you have any
pregame superstitions or rituals?
Yes, I always wear an ovarian cancer awareness bracelet for my mom. I wear it everyday, but I kind of reflect on it before games. It serves as a symbol of my mom. Other than that I just get in the zone and listen to my music in my locker. I'm not real rah rah before games, I just kind of like to reflect and envision myself out there making plays.
Who outside of
football has inspired you in any way?
My dad has definitely inspired me. He's always been there for me since day one. He's seen me from baseball player, to quarterback, to tight end, so it's crazy. He's always been rooting me on, he's always very supportive and he's always there to talk to. I'm also very close with my high school coach, Coach Doug Socha. He was the receivers coach at Buffalo and the whole coaching staff got fired and moved down to Florida, so he came to my high school my junior year as the offensive coordinator. He was the one that kind of pushed me to be the best tight end when it came time to move positions. We have remained very close.
What are your primary
interests other than football?
I like going to the beach. When I'm home I hit up the beach everyday because it's only about six or seven minutes from my house. Other than that, I'm so busy, it's crazy. Especially during the summer, who would think you'd be up from five in the morning until sometimes 10 at night, nonstop?
What is something
that you've had in your room since you were a child?
It's actually in my living room right now, but I've had the same red blanket forever. It's not a baby blanket, but I've had it since I was a young kid, like eight or nine years old. It's a big red blanket and every time I put it over me, I fall asleep instantly. It's the magic, red blanket. Let's say I'm watching a movie with all my friends and I get the red blanket out, all my friends are like 'alright, see you later.'
What is something on
your bucket list?
I don't want to skydive or anything like that because I'm afraid of heights. I want to backpack Europe before I die. I really want to go to Italy and Spain.
Do you belong to any
clubs, groups or organizations on campus?
I'm in the Sports Business Club, but that's it. In high school I was in the Key Club. My dad also does a lot of work with March of Dimes, so I used to do the walks and stuff in high school. I did Relay for Life a couple of times, as well.
If you could play
another sport at William and Mary, what would it be and why?
Well I would love to play lacrosse, but we don't have a men's program, so probably basketball. I love basketball, but I'm not good at it. I would love to be awesome at basketball.
What is your favorite
My all-time favorite TV show is probably Friends. A show that I have recently gotten into is Game of Thrones, its over now, but I'm waiting for next season. I love Californication on Showtime. I watch Dexter, Entourage and all of that stuff, too. When I was a kid, my favorite TV show was Rugrats.
If you were forced to
be on a reality TV show, which show would you choose?
Definitely The Bachelor, or maybe Flavor of Love with FlavaFlav.
What's your favorite
It's in a JayZ song and it's only three words. "Determination, dedication, motivation."
What did you focus on
improving this summer?
I worked a lot on my strength, speed, agility, quickness and footwork. I feel like my hard work this summer will make everything in the season seem like second. With every game, every practice, there is always something to learn, but at this point in time, I can really hone down specific things that I need to learn. Consistency is key for me.
What is your biggest
When people say "liberry" instead of library; it kills me. When it happens I get really mad.
What is something
that you are afraid of?
I am afraid of heights. I just get really freaked out and I hate flying. If I had the choice to fly home or drive, I would pick drive every time. I've been to Universal and all that in Orlando and I've ridden all the rides, but I'm scared in line. It's bad.