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Getting to know - Nathan Law

Nathan Law

Carroll football

Law, a strong safety, has helped lead the Eagles to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A playoffs, and Carroll plays host to Emporia at 7 tonight. Law has 43 tackles, 10 for loss, as well as two interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He's returned an interception and fumble for touchdowns.

What does it take to be a strong safety?

"You need to get your nose dirty sometimes. You can't be afraid to take on blocks and people bigger than you. I'm not the biggest guy — 5-foot-8, 175, 180 pounds. It's about using your size to your advantage, ripping through blocks and understanding your position is the most important thing."

How tough is it to play against bigger players?

"When we played Salina South (in the first round of playoffs), the way we played against them, they had me up on the line. I was either taking on the tight end, who was 6-5, 200 pounds or I was taking on offensive linemen, cutting and creating piles. I don't really care."

What does it mean to play for Carroll?

"It means a lot to me right now. I understand what has been laid before us, the tradition before us. It's our motivation. The team that went to state in 2007, and the team that went to sub-state and then the team (in 2011) that took us to state. That's my main motivation."

You're quite a history buff, aren't you?

"I've always loved history since I was a kid. Always followed history. I still love it.... I like military history, World War I and World War II, the Vietnam and Korean wars. They just fascinate me and I think about stuff like that. I think of how important it is to America today."

You're interested in going to the Air Force Academy. Why?

"I would like to, if it all works out. I'd like to be a fighter pilot. I'd love to see some sort of combat. I don't know what about it gets me excited, but I'm just real passionate about it. I want to be a fighter pilot, but if not, I would probably do something with military strategies, the war department or something.... It's just watching those war movies and seeing what those guys have done and sacrificed and all the things they've went through. That's inspired me to become and follow in those footsteps."