Aug. 27, 2008
Get to know UCLA senior forward Maxwell Griffin in this week's 11 Questions. Griffin led UCLA in scoring last season with nine goals and 18 points and earned honorable mention all-conference honors. He began the 2006 season with a bang, scoring five goals in the team's first seven games but went down with a season-ending knee injury early in game eight. In his career, Griffin has totaled 18 goals, including seven game-winners.
1. What was your most memorable moment on the soccer field?
In my youth days it would have to be winning Dallas Cup with Arsenal FC of Alta Loma. My most memorable collegiate soccer moment would be my first goal that I scored when I was a freshman. I remember Jorge put me in toward the end of the game and just told me to run and work as hard as I could until it ended. I was so nervous, I just ran around, probably looking like it was obvious that it was my first college game ever. The play went on and Marvell Wynne got the ball down the side and sent in a cross. I made a hard near post run and scored a header. I couldn't believe what just happened. I didn't really have a goal celebration; I just ran as fast as I could after scoring before being congratulated by my teammates. It's a goal I'm definitely never going to forget.
2. What is your favorite video game or favorite soccer game?
My all-time favorite game is Mario Kart for Nintendo 64. I really think I might be the best in the world at that game. Some of my teammates have already seen my skills, and I think they would agree. As for my favorite soccer game, I don't care what anyone thinks, but Winning Eleven is the most quality soccer video game ever made. Muuuuuch better than FIFA. I've had many debates over the two with so many people, but I still feel that the game play is way better than FIFA. And I always play with Inter Milan, Adriano pretty much scores a goal every time he touches the ball.
3. The talent I'd most like to have is ...
Breakdancing. I was really into it back in the sixth grade, but I gave it up.
4. You list playing the piano as one of your hobbies. What is your favorite song to play?
My favorite song to play would have to be "Heart and Soul".
5. What do you consider to be the best sports movie or the best soccer movie ever?
The best sports movie ever would be a toss-up between Remember the Titans and The Sandlot. My personal best soccer movie is Hot Shot with Pele. Jason just told me about this new soccer movie coming out called Hope in Haiti. I think it might be a hit ...
6. What is your personal motto?
Never give up, no matter how hard it gets.
7. If you could have a superpower, what would it be and why?
Teleportation because I could go anywhere in the world in just a second. And especially after long days of practice and when I don't feel like walking back to my apartment or to class, I could just teleport there and save so much energy. And I wouldn't have to worry about these ridiculous gas prices either.
8. What's hanging on your bedroom wall?
Mostly my brother Elliot's paintings and artwork.
9. I can't live without my ...
10. Your brother Leonard was an All-American defender at UCLA. In a 1-v-1
battle between you and him, who wins?
We have gone at it a few times in the past but not really anytime too recently. It would be a tough one to decide because we both know each other's moves. I would say it's pretty even, but I would get in a meg or two on him for sure (haha). And when it comes to video games, I usually always dominate.
11. Name your UCLA all-time Starting XI
Brian Perk in goal
From right to left:
Scot Thompson, Tony Lawson, Leonard Griffin
Sal Zizzo, Benny Feilhaber, Kyle Nakazawa, Tony Beltran, Ty Maurin
Kamani Hill, Me