Puyallup senior-to-be DJ Winter isn’t the flashiest guy on the gridiron or the hardwood. But he enjoys his role as one of Puyallup’s most hard-nosed athletes.
Winter, who will be a starting outside linebacker this fall, is looking forward to his senior year.
“I love playing linebacker,” he said. “I’m the backup quarterback, too, but my main position, and the position I will be playing in college, is defense.”
Winter’s straight-forward approach was evident in the Vikings’ alumni basketball game last week. The alumni defeated the current varsity boys squad 67-64. It was the closest game between the teams since the inaugural contest in 2008. The Vikings’ alumni have won every game in the series.
“The biggest key for us was playing hard and not playing scared,” Winter said. “We moved the ball around and ended up getting a lot of open shots.”
Winter’s focus on the basketball court is defense and rebounding.
“I just do whatever it takes to help the team win,” he said. “That is my role.”
The Herald recently asked Winter a few questions about his life away from sports.
The Herald: What is your favorite movie of all time?
DJ Winter: “Friday Night Lights.” It is a story of a great football team and how they come together. They are so close and work super hard.
TH: What is your biggest pet peeve?
DW: It is laziness. If you’re lazy, then you don’t get a lot accomplished.
TH: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
DW: I like to golf and cook a lot. I cook really good steaks. I make my meals for my family all the time and, I find that really fun.
TH: Where do you see yourself in five years?
DW: I really want to become a college football coach. I want to go to college to play football, and then become a grad assistant and work my way up in the ranks.
TH: Who is your pick to win the Super Bowl next year?
DW: I’ve got to go with the Seattle Seahawks. They have a lot of talent coming back, and I really like Russell Wilson.
TH: What kind of music are you listening to the most right now?
DW: I’m listening to a lot of country right now. My favorite artist would have to be Jason Aldean.
TH: What is your favorite hobby away from sports?
DW: I like hanging out with my friends and having a great time. You have to cherish the memories you get with them.
TH: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
DW: Michael Jordan.
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