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Let’s Not Talk Football with Greg McCrae

Greg talks meeting Latavius Murray, chicken alfredo, and embracing the good times.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 23 UCF at USF Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Welcome back to Let’s Not Talk Football, where we ask questions of some members of the UCF Knights’ football team questions that aren’t about football.

Next up: Last year’s breakout star, Greg McCrae

Greg McCrae

  • Junior
  • Running Back
  • 5’10”, 175 pounds
  • Miramar High School - Miramar, Florida
  • 2018: 1,182 yards on 133 total touches, 9 TDs

Favorite team growing up?

Miami Dolphins. I was all Miami.

Favorite athlete growing up?

Ricky Williams and Dwyane Wade.

Top three artists in your phone right now?

Kodak Black, NBA Youngboy, and right now, I’ll say DaBaby.

Song that’s on your mind right now?

Right now? I don’t know the name of it but... [starts singing]

Favorite movie?

“Hancock” with Will Smith.

Favorite TV show?

Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Favorite place to hang out in your hometown?

I don’t know, because I usually go home, but I go work out at my old high school, Miramar High School.

Favorite meal?

Pasta. Probably Chicken Alfredo.

Biggest celebrity you’ve interacted with?

Latavius Murray. For him to come back and actually work out with us I think that was pretty big, because you don’t see people go back to their college and work out with the kids, and I was able to ask him questions about him going through college and being in the NFL, and he was really helpful with that.

What was the best piece of advice you got from him?

I asked him some questions about managing his money. He told me some good information about that.

What’s your major?

Sport and Exercise Science

If not for football, what sport would you play?

I’d probably run track or play basketball. I ran the 100, 200 and 400. My best event was the 400. I ran a 47 [in high school].

What do you want to do when football is over?

I want to coach or train. I want to coach college, and I want to coach here, but I also want to train and help people who want to work out and get better. I know a couple of guys who played here and they told me where they were working out somewhere, and you go over there and get some really good work in. Michael Willett was a running back who was here two years ago and he runs a really good workout.

If you had $1 million to give to a charity, what charity would it be?

I’d probably go back to the Pop Warner parks in my city and and try to enhance the things that they have.

Best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?

Best piece of advice was from my running back coach, Coach [Anthony] Tucker. Don’t quote me on exactly how he said it, but the memory stuck with me. He said, “Enjoy the good times, and embrace the work that provided those good times.” So what I took from that was, embrace the work you do every day. Embrace putting in that sweat, tears, and hard work, but enjoy it at the same time, because it won’t be there forever, and one day you’ll look back at it and miss it.