Nittany Lions Lamont Wade Readies For Big Senior Season

Clairton Native Also Unafraid To Speak His Mind On Social Issues

Eric Hagman
May 26, 2020 - 4:23 pm
Lamont Wade

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(93.7 The Fan) - Clairton's Lamont Wade takes football seriously, the same way he lives his life.  

As he readies for his final season at Penn State, one in which he may be a captain, Wade doesn't hesitate to share his opinion on subjects away from football, at times prompting a tide of negative responses.  Asked about that, Wade quoted the late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain.

"I would rather be hated for who I am than loved for who I am not," Wade said during a video conference on Tuesday.  "That's kind of how I put my life up around.  I'd rather the world hate me for me being me than me trying to be somebody I'm not and getting the love of millions, you know what I'm saying."

Wade, who admires Colin Kaerpernick taking a stand on social issues, doesn't worry that speaking out on unpopular topics could hurt him in the eyes of NFL teams.

"One thing I really don't do in life is fear," said Wade.  "I don't really fear anything.  I can't focus on the things I can't control."

What the veteran safety can control is how he approaches his final season for the Nittany Lions.  Regarded as one of the leaders on the defense, Wade wants to be fully prepared for when training camp begins.  In the absence of spring ball, that means lifting weights and running stairs in his apartment and doing ladder drills on the concrete.  

"I feel going from a college lifting program to your own lifting program, especially during a quarantine, is definitely some type of dropoff.  What I've been doing since then is working my butt off to maintain every single part of that."

Wade also changed his diet.

'One thing I keyed in on was my nutrition," Wade said.  "My nutrition has actually gotten a lot better.  I turned to a pescatarian diet for probably the last month or so.  I honestly feel everything is heading in the right direction.  

Eliminating certain foods from his diet is all part of his goal to be great this season.

"I want to maximize this year.  I want to maximize everything. I don't want to leave anything back at all.  In order for me to maximize it, I had to make some sacrifices because I love fried chicken.  I had to make sacrifices with burgers.  I had to cut back.  I am seeing progress.  I was 12 percent body fat a year ago.  I was real big.  Now I'm down to around a four-fiveish range.  I'm feeling good.  I'm doing it to get everything out of this last year I have."

There was a time after the 2018 season that Wade wondered if he would finish his career at Penn State.  He entered the transfer portal.

"I did some soul-searching and digged deep,"  Wade said.  "The first thing I did (when problems occur) was point fingers.  That' not the end-all, be-all.  I had to take a step back and look into myself.  I realized that staying was, honestly, the best decision for me. Making that hard decision is going to pay off.  I haven't even scratched the surface of what I can do.  There's a lot of upside. A lot of upside." 

 

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