Franklin College has more than 1,000 students. Of these students, 415 play an NCAA sport. And of these students, around 20 attempt to play a second sport. That’s less than one percent.
Nathan Adams, a senior at Franklin, is one of the few that play two sports in college. He plays on the football and track and field teams.
Q: What sports do you play at Franklin?
A: I am a defensive end for football, and I am a hammer and weight thrower for the track and field team.
Q: Did you play any other sports in high school?
A: I wrestled as well as played football.
Q: What made you want to play two sports?
A: When I came to Franklin, I had never participated in track and field a day in my life. My defensive coach, Coach [Mel] Mills, is also the assistant throwing coach for the track team. One day, I saw him going toward the fitness center where they do indoor practices, and I asked him if they needed throwers. I tried out that day, and I was fortunate that I was pretty good at it.
Q: How do you balance the workload of training for two sports?
A: A lot of confliction is in the springtime. We have a month-and-a-half long spring football session. It’s hard balancing the two, because I have to make sure I keep up in football, even though track is the main priority. Even during football season, I threw three to four times a week. Even the day before a game, I was out practicing. You really have to make sure you take care of your body.
Q: Do you feel playing two different sports has benefitted you?
A: Off the field, it makes you stay on top of your schoolwork because of how busy you are. You can’t procrastinate and hold things off. Coach Demetrius Bailey, the head track coach, is very athletic and knows a lot of ways to help athletes develop. He has helped me out more than I could ever ask for.
Q: What advice would you give to other athletes who are considering playing two sports?
A: Athletically, I would make sure that you take care of your body. After football I go straight into track, so you have to make sure you limit the wear and tear going to different seasons as much as possible. Off the field, I would also say to stay on top of your grades as much as possible. Academics can spiral out of control, especially if you’re playing two sports and you have meets or games. You can really lose track of time.