“Unus pro omnibus, omnes pro uno” (One for all, all for one). With the publication by serials in the newspaper “Le Siècle”, between March and July 1844, of his supreme work The Three Musketeers, the colossal french writer Alejandro Dumas made this motto eternal. This slogan of the musketeers Athos, Porthos, Aramis and the inexperienced and vigorous d´Artagnan speaks about brave value of togetherness, ensemble, how important is camaraderie, friendship, that need of approach together difficulties, doing each other his own purpose, whatever it was, because on a team, on a society, on a community –even though we could think the opposite– every action owns similar significance, so everyone’s benefit the common god.
In the same way, the Soviet filmmaker, this genius called Serguéi Eisenstein, on his masterpiece Battleship Potemkin, makes the indignant people, with the injust murder of a sailor, proclaim this motto to the amazement of the tyrannical ruling class.
And what about Ancient and wise Greece? Spartan army –the best military unit that mankind has ever known– based its power on the strength of the whole. His phalanx was impregnable, as they all functioned as one. We can´t forget the epic scene –based on the fabulous comic made by Frank Miller– that Zack Snyder gifted us in the –always controversial for its controversial misrepresentation of historical facts– movie 300. A deformed and hunchbacked Ephialtes is repudiated by the herculean King Leonidas, because he can’t offer guarantees in the defense of the phalanx due to his physical defects.
One for all, all for one. The cry of Battleship Potemkin – lacasadeel.net
In a world like present one –unfortunately– dominated by selfishness and individuality, conditioned by the enormous arrogance of many, who enjoy looking to their own navel, ignoring the problems of others, today my great friend and Colorado Spain Rams colleague, Julián Guede, gave me a story –developed by the psychologist and coach Eduardo Lázaro Ezquerra– that has made me reflect and that will serve as a preface to this wonderful interview that Ross Reiter has had the pleasure of granting us, long snapper from Colorado State Rams.
During the Vietnam War, US Navy fighter pilot Charles Plumb excelled greatly. After almost 100 war missions, his plane was shot down by a Vietnamese missile, but he was able to parachute although he was imprisoned in a hostile zone, where he was prisoner for six long years. After this raging captivity, he returned to the mother country, where he held numerous lectures, recounting his thrilling and bloody story.
One day, while he was eating in a restaurant, a man approached him and commented that he knew him. It turned out to be the soldier who was in charge of folding his parachute, a daily action that saved Plumb´s life in more than one situation. Hundreds of times, Plumb would come across this man, and she never paid attention to him or even thought to thank him for his common –and vital– job. He was an officer and the parachute was folded by a mere soldier.
People who fold parachutes realize a very meticulous task: they must untangle the parachute, detect possible faults, clean it and then fold it perfectly so that it can be used again. If his work fails, the paratrooper dies. In this way, we see how important the work of the paratrooper is as well as that of the –anonymous– folder of his parachute.
Charles Plumb – 30diasonline.com.ar
On a football team, everyone does a vital job for the good and the future of the whole. It has always been said that a franchise wins championships on defense and/or offensive, but is used to vilify and undervalue the work of special teams. If a punter or a long snapper does his job wrongly, the opponent can score a touchdown or be closer to achieving it, but if he does his job well, it’s forgotten, since it is assumed that they can never fail. These lines serve to stimulate the work in the shadow of these players who also win championships.
So, today is the suitable day to anchor our look on the others active agents of college football, that legion of ovoid workers who carve out their history on the grills effort, the dedication, the perseverance and the illusion of its inhabitants in its almost 250 years of history. We are extremely lucky to speak with Ross Reiter, a player of our beloved Rams.
Ross Reiter – twitter.com, via @reiterr50
First of all, Ross, we want to thank you very much, from Colorado Spain Rams (@CSUFBSpain) & Coollege Nation (www.coollegenation.com), for your full accessibility to grant us this interview. We want to continue bringing College Football closer to the Spanish public and having one of the best long snappers in the entire nation is – for us – an honor. Thanks, Ross.
1. In these moments of world crisis with this pandemic that has devastated the entire globe and has called into question our known order and way of life, how have you and your family lived it?
– No doubt the 2020 COVID pandemic was a challenge. Leaving school to go back home with my family and being around each other all the time seemed daunting at first. I just had gotten done with a great season and I was ready to start building the foundation with the new coaching staff and my team. So leaving it was hard. I have always been a guy to see the positive in all things. I looked at quarantine and the pandemic as an opportunity to get closer with my family. We have always been close, but this was really an opportunity to get back to my roots. Looking back I am thankful for it, it made us closer.
2. Steve Adazzio’s second season with the Rams, do you think the team is ready to aspire to compete for the Mountain West title?
– It is a privilege to play for Coach Addazio. He truly cares about us and he always has our best interest. It has only been two years, and he did get here during a pandemic, but I feel like he has brought back a spark that Colorado State hasn’t seen in decades. If you ask anyone on the team they’d agree, you can feel it. He has built a strong foundation or us, and I think he is preparing us to be in the title game. We have the talent, the facilities, and the system to compete for the championship every year. I attribute that to Coach Addazio.
Steve Adazzio – csurams.com
3. Do you think that sometimes the FBS Competition Committee looks down on the “Group of Five” conferences and gives much less importance to the results of the programs that compete in these conferences?
– They definitely do. And they shouldn’t. I would say there are a good chunk of group of five teams that would beat power five teams. As a specialist, I would say the talent and speed is all the same. I have competed at places like Florida, Arkansas, Iowa, and CU. Football is football to me. There should be more of an importance for group office teams in my opinion.
4. We would like to know how were your beginnings in the world of football. Where does your love for this sport come from? What made you decide to dedicate yourself exclusively to the sport of the ball?
– I grew up watching football and I always dreamt about playing in the NFL as a quarterback. But as I got into middle school I knew if I wanted to play in college I had to learn long snapping. Im not the biggest, fastest, or strongest, and long snapping have me the opportunity to pay for my college and live my dream. I pride myself on work ethic, and I truly feel no one will ever out work me, that along with being told I was too small gave me a chip on my shoulder. I always knew I had it in me, but I wanted to prove it to the haters, and I love proving people wrong.
5. You were considered the 2nd long snapper in the nation, even achieving All America honors in 2017. How can you describe your time at Brophy Prep High School?
– It was a great privilege to go to Brophy, its a high school that really cares about the development of their students. I made friends I will have for a life time and it gave me a great opportunity to play against the best high school talent in Arizona. I wouldn’t regret it one bit.
In his time at Brophy – roundup.brophyprep.org
6. You were born in Phoenix (Arizona), what led you to accept the offer of the Colorado State Rams when programs such as Arizona State, Oregon or Oklahoma showed interest in you?
– I came up for a workout and they offered me on the spot. That night, I went out with my dad to Old Town and out of all the schools I visited it felt like home in my gut. They say when you know you know and I knew CSU was where I wanted to be. I committed the next day and I don’t regret it one bit.
7. A starter since your freshman year, playing all 12 games of that first season, completing 115 snaps without a miss, and earning All-Mountain West honors, how can you describe those beginnings of your college career?
– It was a whirlwind for sure. I was one of the only players in my class thrown in the fire. I am blessed I was able to get that opportunity though, it taught me a lot about adversity and helped me grow as a man and player. I didn’t have time to be a freshman, I needed to be 100% perfection for my team. It pushed me to the next level and I never really had to adapt because I have experienced it all.
8. 2019 and 2020 were very productive years for you individually, forming one of the best special teams couples with punter Ryan Stonehouse. How could you define this perfect connection to “Stoney»?
– I would never call it perfect haha. We are always working to get better. It is a privilege to have the best punter in college football. He takes care of his body and really handles everything like a pro. Off the field I view stoney as a brother. He’s always been in my corner and Ive always been in his. The off field chemistry probably helps with our play on the field, but I truly believe it comes down to me and him being really competitive people. I want to be the best in the world at our craft, that chip on our shoulder drives us both.
Ross y Cayden Camper – denverpost.com
9. In 2021 you have been selected in the Rubio Long Snapping Preseason All American and have been included in the Mannelly Award Watch List, what do you expect from this year individually?
– I am giving everything I have to best help my team. The team comes first. All the individual stuff will always be there. I am competitive and it would be an honor to win those prestigious awards. However, I don’t look too much in to it, honestly. The individual stuff doesn’t help us win games, me doing my job every rep and helping our punters and kickers do their job does. I live through my guys (Cayden & Stoney). Their success with kicking and punting is what I want to see, I feel that’s the true sight of a good snapper: Consistently doing their job to make the whole operation flow good. I view their success as ours. We are a team.
10. Will you show up for the NFL Draft this year? Do you think you and Ryan Stonehouse will be selected?
– I plan on declaring this year. It has always been a dream of mine to get selected but honestly all I can ask for is for God to bless me with an opportunity. I know I can play at the next level at a high level and be a real attribute to a team. I pray for an opportunity to show an organization I can be their guy. As for Stoney, I believe he is the best punter in the country. Hands down. No question. I feel he deserves to get drafted. He’s consistent, confident, and would be a great guy for the locker room. I know when teams start looking into him, his stats, and everything about him, they’ll fall in love with him as a player and person.
11. What do you think is the most important thing in the long snapper position? How would you define your game?
– I think the most important thing is mindset and consistency. When you go out there as a snapper you need to be confident and able to do your job to perfection in high pressure situations. You get a guy that does that and is consistent, that’s the most important thing. I know what separates me from every guy is I believe I get my head up the fastest. In the NFL your head needs to be up fast to block, and I feel I do that faster than anyone in the country. I blocked my first two seasons at CSU and was 100% in protection for both. Coach Mike Bobo recruited me as a blocking long snapper, not many can block nowadays because college is primarily a spread release scheme.
Ross in full action – letsengage.com
12. How do you live the traditional rivalry game «The Border War»? Could you describe to us what it means to win Wyoming and lift the “Bronze Boot”?
– We hate Wyoming, they hate us. It’s always a game full of grit and passion. Nothings better than raising the boot with my teammates. Raising the boot to me is a sign of superiority. It’s the game of the year. Every game matters, but the border war has a little something to it. Energy is at an all-time high and the game means so much to the alumni and community of CSU, it’s not just for us, it is for them.
13. The whimsical destiny puts you on a platter, then face off against Boise State, Wyoming and the Air Force. How do you think the team gets to this very tough part of the season?
– We respect every opponent we play, but we are a confident team. We play together, we love each other. We approach every game the same, it’s not some David and Goliath story when we play these teams. We are a good team. And we get better every week. It is up to us to take it. We approach every game one by one, we don’t look towards the future. Right now, we are focused on Boise State, And them only.
14. The atmosphere that exists in the Canvas Stadium is spectacular, how could you explain what is experienced there?
– The atmosphere has been the best its been since I have been here. We love and appreciate our fellow rams. We need them, they bring so much energy and juice. They have been a big reason we win games at home, they’re our 12th man and we appreciate them more than ever.
Ross Reiter, a professional – csurams.com
15. Is Colorado State the best football team in the state of Colorado? – Yes. CU sucks. Next question.15. Is Colorado State the best football team in the state of Colorado?
– Yes. CU sucks. Next question.
16. How is the life of the university athlete (diet, training, relationships, family …)?
– When you love what you do, it is never work. I love long snapping, I love training, and I love taking the steps that make me look the best aesthetically haha. During the season I am all ball, that includes taking my film, diet, and training serious. The off season is a time for me to get better in all areas but also enjoy the finer things in life. I have a great group of friends up here, and I enjoy seeing them every day at football. I get to play a game with my best friends and it’s paid for, can’t beat that haha.
17. What is your favorite NFL team?
– I don’t really have a favorite team. I grew up in Arizona so I love the cardinals and my dad was born in Minnesota so I have always rooted for them too. I think every NFL team is sweet.
Ross, destRoss, standing out from the start – rubiolongsnapping.com
18. We know that you studied Spanish. Would you like to resume your Spanish studies? What do you know about Spain?
– I would love to resume my studies. I think it is such a great skill to be bilingual. I don’t know much about Spain, I just know I have always wanted to go.
19. What degree are you studying? If not football, what would you like to do in the future?
– I am studying communications and I am a double minor, one in business and one in real estate. I plan to own a couple business and work to make a difference in this world, in any way I can.
20. We know that you are a reference in the community and that you love participating in social services and works, can you tell us about that important relationship, in the United States, between sports and the community?
– Sports and community go hand in hand. I have visited multiple hospitals and you can get no better feeling than putting a smile on a kids face. I never thought kids would look up to me, I am just a long snapper haha, but the fact that football has given me this privilege is a blessing. Seeing the kids happy makes my day. Its a feeling you can’t buy, and I am grateful I get to experience it.
One for all, all for one – csurams.com
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