A Holiday Visit with a French Twist

Oregon demolishes Arizona in payback victory, ears Pac-12 Title.

While the Ducks may not have too much time off to spend with their families this holiday season, it definitely isn’t stopping them from spreading some holiday love.

Yesterday, linebacker and defensive end Christian French made a visit to Cedar Rapids, Iowa to visit his little sister’s elementary school and talk with students about how to plan for the future and become successful.

His sister’s only wish for Christmas was to get a visit from her older brother, so French decided to surprise her at Wright Elementary School before heading out. The Ducks only started vacation after practice on December 21, and will fly to California for the Rose Bowl on Christmas Day.

French in an interview at Wright Elementary

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French in an interview at Wright Elementary

A native of Cedar Rapids himself, French wanted to inspire the same success he’s had in some of the younger kids from his hometown. When asked about the experience, French said, “They were eating it up, asked a ton of questions. They just had a great time finding out more about me and how I’ve become successful in school and the things to do to be successful in life.”

French certainly has had a lot of success on the field this year. While he only has 22 tackles, he leads the team in sacks with 6.5. He has been a presence on defense all year long, which hopefully will continue in the Rose Bowl game.

One thing’s for sure — his contributions in the Rose Bowl would be the perfect holiday gift for Duck fans everywhere.

Visit this page to read more and see a video from French’s visit.

Top Photo by Craig Strobeck

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Alex Towne

Alex Towne

Alex is a junior at the University of Oregon currently pursuing a double major in Spanish and Advertising at the school of journalism. Alex has been a lifetime duck fan, despite growing up in California, and attends every football and basketball game showing his support. In his free time he enjoys watching sports, listening to music, and playing golf.

  • MAITAIDUCK

    Thanks Alex and I know a lot of people questioned whether this young Man would contribute as a rush LB. Though a little slower than most people hoped for he’s actually a little ahead of where Dion Jordon was in his Junior year. Christian is showing a Attitude for his position also which bodes well for the Duck’s D and next year look for him to make that next step and be that next 1st rounder I mean he’s got as much talent as Dion does. Look forward to the Ducks BAD Intentions as in sending FSU back home with their 1st loss in 29 games as in FSU will have actually played a good team for once this year.