Defiance's James Buari Goes Beyond the Box Score

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James Buari is one of 15 seniors on the football team in 2012 and is a likely three-time Academic All-HCAC standout.

Now is your chance to get to know James Buari away from the gridiron, as we go beyond the box score with the senior linebacker.

20 Questions With James Buari

1-When did you start playing football? My sophomore year in high school.

2-What has been the highlight of your athletic career so far? The Adrian game my junior year. I had six tackles, one sack and one interception.

3-What are your goals for the 2012 season? To be named All-HCAC for athletics and academics.

4-Who is your funniest teammate? Aaron Spence.

5-Do you have any nicknames? JB.

6-What three words best describe you? Respectful, righteous, revolutionary.

7-What is your favorite restaurant? Anywhere that has good food.

8-Who is your biggest hero? My parents.

9-Dream vacation spot? Italy.

10-What is the top song currently on your iPod? I do not have a particular song. I just listen to whatever sounds good.

11-Who was your childhood sports hero? Michael Jordan.

12-Do you have any superstitions or pre-game routines? I like chewing gum, or eating sunflower seeds.

13-If you could trade places with anyone for one day, who would it be? Cornel West, or Lupe Fiasco.

14-What is your favorite TV show? Any documentary on lions.

15-What is something most people do not know about you? I play the piano.

16-What is your biggest fear? Death.

17-Besides your own, what is your favorite sport to watch at Defiance? I absolutely love watching soccer.

18-What is your favorite class or professor at DC and why? Dr. MC Harper. We relate to each other in more ways than one.

19-What are your plans after graduating from DC? I would love to continue playing football. I also have a high interest in going to graduate school for African-American studies.

20-How has playing collegiate athletics at DC helped you in life? It has helped me have discipline, stay positive when things do not go the way I want, and to be a difference maker.