Elite football prospect turns to classical music before games

Not all workout or pre-game music needs to be fast to get you in the zone. Consider taking a step back and slowing down your playlist with five recommendations from Carmel (Carmel, Ind.) star wide receiver Austin Roberts.

Roberts, who is being recruited by Stanford, Florida and Notre Dame, says he took a liking to classical music last year after a friend introduced him to the genre.

The elite prospect listened to classical tracks before a game and became superstitious after playing well. Now, listening to clasical music is part of his pre-game routine.

Here are five classical songs that help calm Roberts' mind and get him ready for action.  

Clair De Lune — Claude Debussy
If I have pre-game butterflies and want to calm down, I play this song. I picture flowing on the field and effortlessly making big plays like (pro football Hall of Famer) Lynn Swann did. He was very graceful, and his motions just flowed when he played.

Symphony No. 94 in G major “Surprise” — Franz Joseph Haydn
It’s very soft and quite, then suddenly all the instruments play loudly at once. I play the way this song goes. During a game, I give my opponents the feeling that I’m mellow and laid-back, then I’ll surprise them with a big play.

Piano Sonata No. 16 — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
When I’m in the end zone after I made a big play, this song gives me the feeling that I'm by myself reflecting on what just happened.

Requiem: Lacrimosa — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The song is very slow. When I listen to it, I picture myself running in slow motion and trying to help my teammates make a big play.

Piano Sonata No. 14 in C-sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2 "Moonlight" — Alan Hobbins
The song gives me a sad feeling. I interpret it as what my opponent must feel after we handled them physically and mentally. When I listen to this song, I put myself in the other team’s shoes. I don’t like the feeling of losing, so I’m going to play my heart out and make sure we win.

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