July 26th, 2012

"20 Questions" With Abdullahi Abdullahi

Staff Report

"20 Questions" With Abdullahi Abdullahi
file photo by Chris Jung

Trinity senior striker leads on and off the field

Each week, LouisvilleCatholicSports.com will be getting to know a new student-athlete from the area by asking him/her a series of 20 questions that will provide insight into the thoughts and personalities of the boys and girls who are doing great things on and off the local courts, fields, tracks, and courses. To see past editions of "20 Questions," visit: http://catholicsportsnet.com/louisville/page/20-questions 

Age: 17

Current school: Trinity

Current Sports playing: Soccer

Parish/grade school attended: St. Francis of Assisi

High School GPA: 3.8

Colleges considering: Northern Kentucky University, University of Kentucky, University of Indianapolis 

Abdullahi was born in Kenya and came to the U.S at age ten. He loves to watch sports, especially soccer, and enjoys going to trinity football games on Friday nights to support his classmates as he takes great pride in Trinity's colors. He plays soccer for Mockingbird Valley/ Kentucky Fire juniors. His favorite subject at school is history.


1. What is your proudest athletic moment?

Wining the derby match against St. Xavier. That’s a game I am always up for a win.

2. What is your ideal meal/snack before a game?

Subway or Jimmy Johns.

3. If you were trying out for American Idol, what would be your "go to" song?

“Lose Yourself” by Eminem. 

4. Which athlete do you look up to on a college/professional level? Why?

Lionel Messi, because the respect and the passion he has for the game and of course his unbelievable God-given talent. A lot of the young players look up to him and he's an idol to many. 

5. What is your favorite movie quote?

“One can't be betrayed if one has no people,” from The Usual Suspects.

6. How does your faith impact your approach to sports?

Sport allows me to show good character on and off the field and in the social level making friends with people from different backgrounds. So I can learn about a different culture at the same time showcase my culture. My faith encourages learning and bonding and brotherhood, especially here at Trinity where it is easy to fit because of moral teaching of the Catholic faith.  

7. What is your favorite cartoon character?

Stewie, from Family Guy. 

8. All time favorite board game?


9. Droid, iPhone, or Blackberry? Favorite app?


10. What is your favorite local restaurant?

Olive Garden. 

11. What is your favorite reality TV show?

Hell's Kitchen. 

12. What is your greatest fear?

Losing a loved one. It is always very hard to recover from those things. 

13. What is your best quality/characteristic?

Being open minded allows me to learn from many different people.

14. Favorite junk/comfort food?

Beef jerky 

15. What is your favorite hour of the day? Why?

Noon because it’s usually my lunch break; my middle of the day break between my sets of classes. 

16. What is your nickname and how did you get it?

“Abdul.” My very first Mockingbird coach Rusty McIntosh gave me this name because my name was too long and he had given a nickname to the majority of the players. The nickname made it easier to communicate on the field.

17. Where is your favorite place to volunteer/provide community service?

It was the YMCA Arcadia community center. Unfortunately, it’s no longer around, but I always had fun going to camp with the little ones and helping with homework.

18. What is one hidden talent that you possess?

The ability to lead.

19. If time machines were real, and you could choose just one - to travel forward or backward - which would you select and why?

I'll travel back in time of the theater shooting in Colorado and try a prevent it from happening because   a lot of people died at a very young age. It was heartbreaking, really, for the families of those in that horrible tragedy.


20. If you could pick one person, dead or alive, and ask them just one question that they had to answer honestly, who would you pick and what would you ask?

I would pick my 8th grade teacher Fredrick Whittaker at St. Francis of Assisi and ask him if I made him proud. I never knew about Trinity until I met him. Without him, Trinity wouldn't have been an option for me and he always believed in me in whatever I did. I give my thanks to him.


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