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Succeeding On and Off the Field
Jacob Fischer, Eller Marketing ’13

By Liz Warren-Pederson

Arizona linebacker Jacob Fischer came to UA from Ironwood Ridge High School in Tucson. “The biggest factors I took into consideration when choosing a college were football, academics, and location,” he said.

In addition to UA, he also had football scholarship offers from the University of Colorado and the University of Utah. “I wanted to major in business because of my father,” he said. “I wanted to major in marketing around the sports industry because of my love for football. When it came down to the decision, Eller spoke for itself.”

Though he missed the 2011 football season recovering from knee surgery, Fischer played in every UA game during his other four seasons — 2009, 2010, 2012, and 2013.

Jacob Fischer, UA Football

Photo courtesy Arizona Athletics.

Balancing school and football meant that Fischer had to make tough choices. “When it comes to trying to be great in school and on the field, it leads to a nonexistent social life,” he said. “I had to sacrifice hanging out with my friends in order to achieve my goals in both.”

Fischer was a three-year starter and a two-year captain and the unquestioned leader of the Wildcats defense. “I am able to say that I have no regrets with how much I worked on my game and developed my body to prove all of the naysayers wrong,” he said. “It was the same with school. There is a stereotype when it comes to football players that we do not take school seriously. While some may not, I assure you that the majority of us do!”

“Once I got admitted into Eller, my dreams of majoring in marketing had come true,” he continued. “I thought I wanted to major in something that was as far away from math as I could get.” That proved not to be the case:  “I learned to love the math that I had spent so much time trying to get away from,” he said.

Fischer maintained a rigorous schedule. “After a long day of class, film, lifting, treatment, and practice, I have to find time to get my studies done,” he said. “There are days where I would be at the university from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. I was willing to do whatever it took to get better in both fields.”

He also made community work a priority. “Growing up in Tucson, I have always wanted to give back to the community that has helped me to thrive through the rough times of going to school and playing football,” Fischer explained. “We have helped plant food, cleaned up around the community, given toys out to underprivileged children, and visit the children’s hospital every week.”

As a Wildcat, he made 33 career starts and finished his career with 283 total tackles, 19th in school history. Now Fischer is looking ahead. “I am going to give my lifelong dream of playing in the NFL a shot,” he said. “If that doesn’t work out, I look forward to finding a marketing job for a company that works with sports or big time college athletics.”

Top image courtesy Jacob Fischer.