Saturday, October 09, 2010

Gross Gains

Most Ivy League college seniors spend time reading the Wall Street Journal in preparation for job interviews.

But today, Columbia Captain Alex Gross is in the Wall Street Journal.

In a spectacular piece by Joshua Robinson Alex's remarkable character comes shining through.

All of us who have even briefly known or spoken to Alex are not surprised.

Here's the key paragraph:

"Like roughly 100 others at Columbia and countless more throughout the Ivy League, Mr. Gross leads the double life of a football player and a student at an elite university—two sets of commitments that, really, should not be able to share one person's schedule. Yet over the last three years he has made the All-Ivy team, been Ivy League Rookie of the Year and built the highest grade-point average of any senior on the team."

One year ago this week, Alex's season was lost because of a terrible injury during the opening kick off at Lafayette.

This time, it will be Alex's day.


At Sat Oct 09, 07:44:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonderful article! Among many other things, it captures the magical attraction of sports for some/many of us when it speaks of Alex's joy in daily practices. I'm approaching geezer status, and I only played BB in h.s., but I can still vividly recall the excitement I felt at the end of each school day as I headed towards the gym for practice.

At Sat Oct 09, 07:47:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great story about a great kid on the fast track to success in life.
One hell of a football player

At Sat Oct 09, 08:09:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fabulous Wall Street Journal about a great young man. Let's make sure to give the Wall Street Journal some more stuff to write about by winning the Ivy League Championship.

At Sat Oct 09, 08:17:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Alex spoke to my son and a group of others during their recruiting visit last season. I distinctly remember being impressed with him at the time and can sincerely say he influenced our decision to come to Columbia. It is good to see him achieving such wide recognition.

At Sat Oct 09, 08:19:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that theWSJ has a sports section I should cancel my subscription to our so-called home town paper, The New York Times. and irony of ironies, today is the day that the times chose to feature a story about the Harvard safety, who chose Harvard over us and Dartmouth. Rupert Murdoch is THE MAN! Conrats to the entire Gross family.

At Sat Oct 09, 09:25:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really bizarre that the WSJ covers Columbia better than the NYT, especially since the Sulzbergers (who own the Times) have been trustees of Columbia for decades!

At Sat Oct 09, 09:25:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, if this story, and this weather, doesn't bring out the fans I don't know what will!

At Sun Oct 10, 04:17:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice win. Great job by the offense, less so by the defense today. Dumb move by Tavani to keep in his starters and go for a cheap TD after NW pulled all of our starters.

At Sun Oct 10, 06:06:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

According the the Spec article about the WSJ piece, the author, Josh Robinson, is a former Spec sports editor.

At Sun Oct 10, 07:04:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jake, how are we going to fix our defense for Penn?


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