Fall 2012

Professor Bulldog



Professor Bulldog
JONATHAN COHEN
Besides football, Tammariello plays ice hockey, racquetball and squash. Another interest is Thoroughbred racing, and he is an owner of several horses that run in Pennsylvania, Florida, New York and California. "I also love music and try my best at playing the guitar, piano and pipe organ," he says.

Steven Tammariello, associate professor of biological sciences, plays football for the semi-professional Cortland Bulldogs.

Question: What position do you play?

Answer: I am the kicker, long-snapper on punts and backup quarterback. My wife and friends think I’m crazy playing with guys in their 20s, but I love it. I hope to play two more years, until I’m 45.

Q: What’s best, the game or the camaraderie?

A: Both are wonderful. Football is an incredible sport that requires speed, strength and intelligence. Academics often consider it a barbaric game played by muscle-bound lunkheads. Most players will never figure out how to produce room-temperature superconductors, but each player has multiple assignments on every play and must adapt quickly to the opposition.

As for camaraderie, there is nothing like a game in Boston or Montreal, where we get on the bus at 10 a.m., arrive around 4 p.m., play at 7 p.m. and get back on the bus at midnight with icepacks all over our bodies. I’ve gotten to know a lot of characters.

Q: Any games that stand out?

A: In one, we were losing by 9 points with a minute left. I kicked a 46-yard field goal to pull us within 6, then attempted an onside kick and recovered it myself. Our team drove down the field and scored a touchdown with 8 seconds left to tie the game, and my extra point won it for us. I’ve also lost a few games by clanking field-goal tries off the uprights.

Q: Is the team active year-round?

A: I see most of my teammates during the season. I have a family, while most of them are just out of college or prison and living the crazy single life. I used to be the only player with a PhD, but one of our defensive linemen earned his doctorate in organic chemistry from Cornell, so I have some company.

LEARN MORE

Steven Tammariello has developed a DNA test that can help evaluate the racing potential of Thoroughbreds. Read about it here.

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