Andy's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Full Circle

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Columbus, OH

ANDY GRUENEBAUM

Professional Soccer Player
Columbus Crew

“I’ve never been highly touted; I’ve always just been a guy who got a chance and tried to prove my worth.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Sports

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Dedication Doubt Goals Hard Work Character Focus Transitions Family Success Values Support & Encouragement Struggle Education Planning Chance Exploration Individualism Opportunity Community Culture

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

business, classes, college, crying, doubt, hobby, maturity, mentality, performances, planning, positive attitude, process, quit, reality, retirement, sense of humor, soccer, success, transition, work ethic

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Always loved “diving around” as a child; when he played Little League baseball, he’d purposely move away from balls so he’d have to dive further for them.
  • Soccer was always a huge part of his life, but when he got to the collegiate level, he started to have doubts about it; thought about quitting.
  • He approached his coach about his apprehensions; in turn, his coach told him, “If you don’t want to be here, there’s the door.”
  • Realized he couldn’t waste his unique opportunity and started turning his attitude around; he got great grades and really started proving himself on the field.
  • He learned that during difficult seasons, the sport that you love can start to feel like a job—you just have to keep showing up and putting work in.
  • After college, he was selected to play for the Columbus Crew; eventually became their starting goalkeeper.
  • Believes that as a professional athlete, it’s important to have a backup plan; plans on opening his own goalkeeping clinic after he retires.
  • Says, “I don’t want to be in a bar someday saying, ‘I played professionally.’ No one cares anymore. Figure out what’s next.”

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