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What interests you more regarding your future: attempting to continue your career in football or following your passion for business?
Negrete: I think all of us here at USC have aspirations of continuing our football careers at the professional level. I know that after I leave here, the legitimacy of USC will give me the opportunity to do so. From competing at the highest level, to playing in the Coliseum, to just being involved in a program like USC, I know I am prepared if I choose to continue playing football. However, academics have played an important part because I know I can't play into my 40s and I'll always have my intellect to rely on.
So are you saying you value your academic prowess over your athletic prowess?
Negrete: I believe academics have to come first but there is a balance that can be found between academics and athletics. Football is a year round commitment but academics is a lifelong commitment. Life skills, business, and working are things that will be valuable to me forever.
Name two people that you look up to in your life: one academically and one athletically.
Negrete: Academically, I look up to my sixth grade teacher as he has been my mentor throughout school since I was young. He taught me about setting my goals high which pointed me in the right direction and definitely contributes to where I am today. Athletically, I would have to say my father as he was kind of like the "Rudy" of his college football team. Walking on to Fresno State, he eventually rose to become the captain of the defense under legendary coach Jim Sweeney.