Football Season Opener
Off the Field with Matt Fisher
Matt Fisher has the Bulldogs appearing in their second straight bowl game.
Matt Fisher has the Bulldogs appearing in their second straight bowl game.

Dec. 23, 2001

FRESNO, Calif. - Senior linebacker Matt Fisher knows the feeling and exhilaration that accompanies hard work. He knows that when you enjoy doing something and work hard to give meaning to such a mission, a reward lies ahead in some shape or another. Fisher, a life long Fresno State football fan, achieved his dream of playing football for the Bulldogs when he decide to walk on to Pat Hill's squad three years ago. He used academic scholarships, student loans and part-time jobs to pay the bills. He learned his work ethic from his father, John, at an early age, as he would toil in the citrus fields of his family farm along side his dad. The hard labor at such an early age taught the young Fisher a valuable lesson in life. In the fields when you are done with the day you can look back at what you have accomplished and be proud of what you have done -- be proud of the fruits of your labor. He has carried this work ethic into the classroom and onto the football field. Fisher's teammates tell him he is crazy, because they would not be playing football if they were not receiving a scholarship. Though his approach to a task is different from that of his teammates, Fisher is realizing his dreams, his goals and his dedication to a job well done. Preparing for the Bulldogs second bowl appearance in as many years, the lesson of life has spilled into his academic workload as the all-WAC academic pick will graduate next spring with a degree in agricultural business. Fisher will test the waters of the job market. His long-term goal, however, is to eventually return to his family's farm and carry on the tradition of his family as a hard working citrus farmer.



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