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Conversations: Donnie Liotine ’13

October 6, 2011

Liotine looks down at a victim last weekend at Port Jeff

Anyone who has been around Stony Brook football for the last four seasons knows who Donnie Liotine is. From the time he was an eighth-grader, our dynamic and versatile running back has been the most fearless player on the field. To watch him play is to witness passion, desire, competitiveness, courage, and toughness in its truest form. This season Liotine has received some long overdue recognition from outside of our community, including being named one of Newsday’s “Gridiron Greats” after his four touchdowns and 217 all-purpose yards led the Blue and White to a thrilling 43-35 victory over Mercy. It is Liotine’s heart that powers the Bears and his leadership and drive have already helped the Bears to their best season since 2007.

What is your favorite memory from your SBS athletic career?

It is a tie between beating Mercy this year and Running for two TDs against John Glenn [last year]. Those are personal memories, but my favorite non-personal memory is my sister [Donna Liotine] and the soccer team winning State Championship.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

I watch Friday Night Lights before every game, pray for safety, and keep my mouthpiece in my mouth for the entire bus ride, or pre-game warm-ups if the game is home.

Who was your favorite athlete while you were growing up?

LaDainian Tomlinson–and always will be.

What three words would you use to describe the way you play?

Intense, focused, and fast.

What was going through your mind during your incredible 80-yard TD run vs. Mercy?

As I got the edge outside I knew that the free safety would be floating over, so I got as wide as possible. When I saw the two defenders pursuing me I saw that one was behind the other, with a split between them, so I took advantage. As I crossed the goal line I thought of my mom in the stands, jumping up and down screaming and knew she would be proud.

What does it mean to you to have helped bring the winning ways back to Stony Brook football.

It means the world to me. As a kid I always was a part of successful programs, playing for outside leagues in Patchogue-Medford. When I came to Stony Brook I was shocked at the way the expectations were so low. I am beyond excited about the group of guys we have this year and have faith in my team no matter what.

We all know your favorite Se-Port sandwich is the “Boone.” What is the craziest thing you’d do for one?

Ahh yes… the Boone. Well, me and my friend Austin Sutton walked from his house to Se-Port in 90-degree weather for a Boone because we had no ride. Totally worth it… so basically, the answer to your question is, I would do anything that wouldn’t cause death or injury to me for a Boone.

What is your jam right now?

My jam right now has got to be Drake and Rick Ross’ “Free Spirit.” I love “Gotta Have It” by Jay-Z and Kanye as well.

What goals do you have for yourself and your team before you are done playing football for the Bears?

I want to beat Terrance Anderson’s career yardage record [2,204 yards] and I want to bring the Bears to the playoffs. …and destroy Port Jefferson.


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