July 6, 2020

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Diamond in the Rough – Roman Mula

Roman Mula is a quarterback out of Parkview Baptist High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Standing at 6’1” and 180 lbs, Roman brings a competitive energy out onto the field on Friday nights during football season. Roman has an impressive 40 yard dash time of 4.6 seconds. Mula has quick reflexes, and all of this stands out whenever he plays. This junior quarterback possesses the ability to be one of the leaders for his team. As an upcoming senior, Roman can adapt to his surroundings and any changes that come his way, whether that be on or off the field. 

What age did you start playing football? When you were playing little league, what attracted you to pursue football more seriously?         

I played little league in first and second grade and got serious into football after that. The toughness and physicality of the game and everything – just competing and all of that surrounding the game. 

Now is that the reason you stayed with football or has that reason changed? 

I’d say that’s the main reason and recently just hoping to play college football as well. 

You mention that you’re competitive. Do you consider yourself to be the most competitive player on your team right now, or is there somebody else who’s more competitive?  

I say that I’m one of the tops few like me and a couple of the seniors that are serious about this. 

I actually wanted to get into talking about the team. So, thank you for mentioning that. What are you looking forward to this upcoming season? You’re going to be a senior and you’re a quarterback and quarterbacks pretty much lead their team each game, right? 

Yeah, right. I’m just looking forward to taking advantage of every snap, every play because I know that it’s going to by fast and just trying to make the memories with my team and hopefully win some football games.

Have you all sat down to talk about goals as a team or will that be later on this year? 

We’ve been working out right now and we’ve talked about it a little bit – the seniors and me. Obviously, it’s doing the best we can and hopefully go to the championship, but really, just set the mentality for the younger kids and be leaders for the team.

Yeah, I get that. Do you help out a lot in your community with the kids? What do you do, can you give me some examples? 

Yeah, I do. For the football kids? 

Sure, or anything really. 

We just help the freshman out, get them use to the team and the high school level of playing football and everything that comes with that because it can be hard at times.

I totally understand. Do you have any advice to give to the freshmen and middle schoolers wanting to play football? 

Yeah, I just say you know it can get tough sometimes, but keep with it, you know? It gets tough for everybody at one point and everybody was in those shoes at one point in time. So just stick it out, it will be worth it in the end. 

Absolutely and look at you now: you’re going into your senior year, you’re a quarterback, and now looking at colleges. Speaking of universities, what would be your dream college you would love to play for, or just be a student at in general? 

I mean I’d say growing up as a kid, it would have to be LSU. As far as sports go, I don’t know how that is going to go, but really just whatever comes around for football. 

What about college major? Have you started looking around at that? 

I think I either want to go into business or management. I don’t know yet. 

What do you love the most about the game? 

I’d say just competing. It’s a tough man sport and the better team is going to win. I just say it’s really a competition the whole time. I guess that’s what draws me to the game the most – the competing. 

Is that the mindset you get into on gamedays – the competitiveness? 

Yeah, just focus in and there’s a job that needs to be done and so, you got to do that. 

Tell me, Roman, how did Parkview do last season? 

It wasn’t rough, but it wasn’t the best. It the first year with a new coach, new offense. I mean it was the first time for me that I’ve ever taken the snap out of the shotgun in my whole life, as far as like putting me in the game. There was some adjustments we had to make, but this year we should get it clicking. 

What was the experience like transitioning from one coach to whole new coach? 

It wasn’t as different as I thought it would be. Coach LeFors and Coach Mayet have the same mindset – they’ve been there and done that, work hard and carry it over onto the field. As far as the playbook and offensive scheme, yeah that was really different. The mentality of the program didn’t change much. 

That’s good. I’m glad you adjusted well to the whole new experience and the new ropes. I’m happy for you. Just a few more questions, who is your favorite college or NFL player? Why? 

For NFL player, I would have to say it has to be Drew Brees or Tom Brady because they competed at such a high level and you know what you’re going to get out of them every single time they play. It’s always the best and the elitist level of football you can get.

So, say you can switch lives with one of these players for a day. Would you switch lives with Drew Brees, Tom Brady, or another player? 

Oh, I don’t know. That’s a tough one. I’d probably say Tom Brady since he has won a lot of super bowls. 

It makes sense, I get it – having all of these super bowl rings. Last question to wrap it up: looking at life outside of football, what would you personally like to achieve? 

Overall, have a good life and relying on God – seeing whatever his plans are and carrying those out.