As Luke Timm and the Our Lady of Lourdes High School football team ready for the Section 1 Class A final on Saturday, the Journal did something few defensive backs have this season: We caught up with the 6-foot-5 receiver.
There were pertinent issues that needed to be discussed — like his Taco Bell obsession, long hair, Donald Trump affection, and nerd status.
Timm obviously handles press coverage well. Let’s see how he does with coverage from the press.
Best prank you’ve ever pulled?
My grandma is a prankster, so one April Fools’, I got her back. I put a “for sale” sign with her phone number on her car and she didn’t realize it. She had a BMW and I made the asking price really low. People were calling her all day.
How long do you plan on growing your hair out?
Love the flow! I’m gonna grow it as long as I can until the deans make me cut it. The rule here (at Lourdes) is your hair can’t come down below the collar. I’m tall, too, so it’d be easy for them to spot me. But once school ends, I’m gonna grow it all the way out.
The junk food consumption?
Buffalo wings and buffalo chicken pizza are my favorites. And I’m a big Taco Bell fan. It’s not real Mexican food, but it’s delicious. I like to get the Mexican pizza, the half-pound burrito and the nachos. Me, Chris Mulvey, Liam Hilderbrand and Joey Profanato go there all the time. The night before games, we go out to eat somewhere. Our usual spots are BurgerFi, Five Guys and the Chinese buffet.
You’re a two-sport star with an offer from Princeton. Nerd or jock?
I don’t wanna say jock, but I’m not a nerd at all. I guess I’m more on the jock side.
Worst grade you’ve ever gotten?
I got an 84 once in Pre-Calculus.
Best catch you’ve ever made?
Against John Jay-Cross River. On fourth-and-15, they’re playing man (defense) on me with a safety up top. I ran a fade and Dean (Rotger) threw the ball up. The corner and I jump for it, he had a grip on the ball, but I ripped it from him and pinned it against my helmet as I went down.
Something about you people wouldn’t guess?
I sing along to Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber. People hate Bieber, but he makes catchy songs. You can’t deny that.
Your little sister Caroline has become a great runner. If you had to race her?
She talks trash to me and brags all the time. I hate to admit it, but I couldn’t beat her now. I’m so in-tune with football and I haven’t trained for distance running in a long time. She probably knows that, but I wouldn’t wanna give her the satisfaction.
What’s the conversation like during football practice?
Mostly us making fun of each other. Everyone cracks on each other, but me and Mulvey are probably the ones dishing it out the most.
Kobe Bryant. My dad’s a Lakers fan and I’ve loved Kobe since I was little.
I was born in Long Beach. My dad lived there for over 20 years. My family moved to Georgia when I was 1, then to Poughkeepsie when I was 3.
Item you hated that your parents made you eat as a kid?
Broccoli. My mom always made me eat it and I hated it! Not saying that mom cooked it badly, but broccoli is just awful. There’s nothing appealing about it. We don’t have home-cooked meals as often anymore, but she still makes me eat it when we do.
Your best dunk?
Against (Roy C. Ketcham) with 10 seconds left and we’re up by 1. Dean got a steal and threw the ball up court to me and I’m open. Took off on the left foot and threw it down hard with one hand.
If you could pick three people to drive cross country with?
Donald Trump, Kevin Hart, and my girlfriend, Rachel Viani. Kevin Hart is my favorite comedian and Trump would bring total honesty. If he farted in the car, he’d admit it. Donald and Kevin would be making fun of each other the whole way and keep us entertained.
One Direction, of course! No, I’m kidding. Eminem.
Your role model?
My dad, Fred Timm. He’s my best friend. He helps me a lot and is always supportive, and he’s one of the funniest people I know.
Funniest moment with football coach Brian Walsh?
It’s funny when Walsh gets on someone for doing something dumb. He doesn’t yell much or get in your face, but he’ll roast you. He doesn’t even realize it, but it’s hilarious. Nobody wants to get coach mad because of that. You know he’ll have everyone laughing.
I’m good at matching people’s faces with animals. It helps when I’m roasting friends. I get it back. Everyone says I look like a baby giraffe and Mulvey called me a flamingo.
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