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Flames Feature: Getting to Know Noah Greenbaum
Greenbaum has helped solidify a position which has plagued Liberty for the past few seasons. The kicker is tied along with fellow teammate Wynton Jackson for the team and Big South Conference lead, as both seniors have scored 48 points. The duo's points per game average (8.0) is tied for No. 35 nationally.
Greenbaum's success has not gone unnoticed, as he was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 17, for his efforts against William & Mary. In the double-overtime game against the Tribe, Greenbaum was perfect on two different kicking fronts, knocking down both of his field goal attempts (31 and 37 yards), while hitting on five-out-five point after attempts.
The former Virginia player's 37-yard field goal marked the longest by a Liberty kicker since the 2004 season. Greenbaum helped keep the Flames in the game with his nine points scored, which was a marked improvement over last year when Liberty missed three field attempts and had an extra point blocked during a 14-13 Homecoming loss to William & Mary.
What is your favorite movie and why?
Goodfellas - I am really into Mafia movies and TV shows like the Godfather and Sopranos. Martin Scorsese is my favorite director.
What is your favorite memory while competing in your sport?
My favorite memory while playing at Virginia was beating Florida State. They were ranked No. 3 at the time and it was one of the most exciting sporting events I have ever been involved in.
What is your most embarrassing memory while competing in your sport?
My first kick attempt in high school came during my freshman year. I was kicking for the varsity team in a big game, and on that kick I slipped and fell. I didn't think I would get another chance. But I did and went on to make seven-straight extra points in the game.
I came to Liberty because … I wanted to win a conference championship.
Share something that people don't know about you?
Up until my senior year in high school, I thought that I was going to play baseball in college.
What has been your defining moment as an athlete?
Last year against Miami, after all of the adversity that I had gone through that year, I was called in to kick a decisive field goal on senior day (my last home game). Not only did I get to score the last points of the year, I got to do it with my roommates for four years, the snapper and the holder.
My first car was … a 1988 Volvo station wagon.
If you could be somebody else for a day, who would you be and why?
Mick Jagger - I have always wanted to be a rock star.
Who is your favorite Liberty athlete? Pat Dickerson
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
Anytime I would ever get down or upset, my dad will always tell me to trust in my ability.
If you could change one rule in your sport, what would it be and why?
I would move the kickoff line back to where it was previously (35 yard line).
After graduation I would like to …
Of course, I want to try keep playing football, but if I can't, I'd love to have a career in the sports industry.
In my spare time, I like to …
Play with my dog, play video games, watch movies, fish, play golf and basically anything outside when it's warm; I hate cold weather.
Words that describe me on the athletic field (and why) are …
Focused and confident because I feel that those are the things you need to succeed as a kicker. I wasn't always good at those two things, but I have worked on them over the years and gotten better.
If you could compete in any sport against any athlete, who would it be and why?
I would be a pitcher for the Yankees and strike out David Ortiz, because I love the Yankees and hate the Red Sox.
My craziest ambition in life is to … host a radio talk show with my buddy.
Do you have any pre-game rituals?
Not really, pretty much right when I get to the game, I got to start warming-up and stretching.
Who is one person in history that you would like to meet and why?
I love to meet my grandfather. He died when my dad had just graduated from high school. He was a Division III All-American football player and a lieutenant in World War II. He would parachute onto Japanese islands after the U.S. had bombed them. He was also a lawyer for the actress Rita Hayworth.
A place I've always wanted to visit, but never had the chance is (and why)?
I have always wanted to go visit Italy, because the historic sites are unbelievable and the beaches are great as well.
I choose my uniform number because …
I didn't choose it, it was given to me. To be honest I would rather have a different number, but as long as I am out there playing, it doesn't really matter.
What are four or five things you could not live without?
My fiancé, Muffy, my mom and dad, my brother and my dog. Family is the most important thing to me and nothing in this world matters, if you don't have anyone to share it with.