I am a long snapper on the football team, which means,
on punts, I'm the guy who snaps it 15 yards.
And on field goals, I'm the guy who snaps it back
to the holder.
My name is Patrick Eby.
I am in Columbia College, majoring in psychology,
and I'm graduating May 2019.
What coach Bagnoli and all the staff members
he brought in-- what they did for this program is
nothing short of a miracle.
And being a part of that resurgence was,
arguably, the best--
it was the best thing I will ever
be a part of because they set the goal of being the best
Columbia football team in the history of the school.
And given that we've been playing football for 120 years,
that was a really exciting prospect.
I'm just going to take the card.
I'm going to shake it.
You'll notice that there's one card from the deck.
I said, what?
When I first came here, I would show magic tricks
to small groups of people just to introduce myself.
My head coach was like, yeah, so you're
going to do a show for the team in two weeks.
It was a big success.
So every year afterwards, that was
sort of my role on the team--
other than long snapping.
I would do a preseason, show every year,
just to lift the team's spirits during preseason, which
could be really difficult.
So I would say my favorite moment playing
for Columbia football was my junior year homecoming game.
It was against Penn, and up until that point,
we had never beaten them.
At least in my career.
And we were undefeated at that point.
20,000 people showed up for the game.
And our stands only hold 17,000 people, so it was packed.
And then we were losing up until halftime.
But we rallied back and tied up the game.
And so we went to overtime.
And then as soon as the ref signaled
that it was a touchdown, we all stormed the field.
So did the crowd, and the stadium
blasted "All I Do is Win."
And we were all just jumping on the field.
That, far and away, was my favorite moment playing
for Columbia football.
After I graduate from Columbia, my plan
is to pursue a career as an NFL long snapper.
I have no idea when that journey is going to end.
It could end in a month from now,
or it could end 10 years from now.
But whenever that's over, my plan
is to go to graduate school and then become
a practicing clinical psychologist.