He’s a big fan of the 'OSU Luckeyes.' Meet Ohio State offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere
Ohio State offensive lineman Nicholas Petit-Frere had a big sophomore season for the Buckeyes, earning second-team All Big Ten honors. Much is expected of him this year when the Tampa, Florida native is slated to make the move from right tackle to left tackle.
In fact, the Outland Trophy goes each year to college football's best interior lineman, and Petit-Frere was included in a watch list of candidates for the honor.
But Petit-Frere is more than just a high-profile football player. He is an Ohio St operations management major who has interned with WWE to learn about the ins and outs of the professional wrestling business. He's a former basketball player. And he's a pretty fun guy to get to know, as evidenced by this interview with The Columbus Dispatch.
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"Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" or "Holes."
You have a surprisingly good taste in movies for someone your age.
Yeah. I know. Those are my two favorite movies. I really like "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World." It's a really fun movie. I watched it seven, eight times, because every time you watch it you always find something new that the director did that was something small that you didn't see. And I liked "Holes," because it was a good friendship movie, so I thought it was a fun movie when I was a kid.
Who is your favorite musician?
Lil Uzi Vert. It kinda rolls into "Scott Pilgrim vs. The World" because two of his albums revolve around it.
Last book you read for fun?
I read "The Catcher in the Rye." I was supposed to read it for class, and I didn't, and then I read it afterward, and I actually enjoyed it.
What's your nickname?
Either Nick, or back in high school, they used to call me The Law Firm.
If it didn't break the rules of cool, what nickname would give yourself?
I love it. Can I call you Swaggy P. the rest of the time you're at Ohio State?
If I put Swaggy P. in charge of the sport of football for a day, what is the one thing you would absolutely make sure to change?
I don't think I would want to change a lot. It's the only great team sport that's left, in my opinion. There's not a lot you could really change with football. It's just a tough game for tough people, and it brings out the best in people. So I don't think I would change a whole lot.
So do you have a favorite non-football team?
My number one favorite team is my fantasy football team, and then my second favorite team is LeBron James — wherever he goes. Those are the two that I love the most.
What's the name of your fantasy football team?
I call it the OSU Luckeyes.
Very nice. And are they a lucky team?
They are. They always are lucky. I'm coaching them, so they have to be.
So when you're not playing fantasy football, and you're not playing football, how do you spend your free time? I know there's not much, but...
I cook a lot. So during COVID, I learned how to cook, because it helped me gain weight and helped me maintain my weight. So I got really interested in cooking. That's something I really love and enjoy doing a lot. I lived with my mom, so it was always just me and my mom, right? So she taught me that, look, whenever you go to college or whatever you do, you need to be able to fend for yourself. And that was something my grandparents taught her and taught her brothers and one sister, and she passed that on to me. She said, 'Look, you need to make sure that you're able to take care of yourself, no matter the situation. You need to be able to be a man and get things done, and one of the things of being a man is being able to take care of a household and being able take care of yourself, number one.
I really like your mom, by the way.
My pasta. Number one dish.
What kind of sauce do you put on it?
Meat marinara. I do a bunch of spices and things like that and make it a little bit spicier. Sometimes I'll add in a little bit of alfredo to make it like a tiny bit of a vodka sauce. But, yeah, just meat marinara.
Is this how you once broke the gutter of your Mom's house? Just one too many pastas?
More like 20 too many pastas probably, but yeah.
Can you tell me the story behind that? You just looked at the gutter and thought, 'Hey, pull-ups?'
First, I was able to work out at my high school, then COVID hit. I was able to find some gyms here and there. They both got shut down. And then I found, like, a Crunch Fitness. They shut down. Then it just got to the point to where I told my coaches, 'I have nowhere else to work out.' They're like, 'OK, we're going to send you a bunch of bands, resistance bands, and you can do your exercises on your own.' And when they said you need to try to do some pull-ups or pull-downs, somehow, some way. You can do it with a band. But I felt like I was going to break down my mom's door when I was trying to do some of the triceps pulls. And then I saw the gutters outside, and I thought, 'I could probably stay on that. I could probably hook on to that.'
Has your mom forgiven you for that yet?
It was a rough week, but she got over it.
Best teammate you've ever had?
Oh, man. That's a tough question. I've some great teammates. Uh, Dillon Brown. When I was in high school (Berkley Prep), he transferred in my sophomore year. He was a junior. He played guard next to me. Me and him are best friends to this day. Whatever side we were going to run the ball to, me and him were on that side, and we just worked together and me and him became the best of friends.
What's he doing now?
He's at Rhode Island. He's playing nose tackle there, and I hear he's doing good and going to get some reps. Hopefully, he just keeps playing hard, and we'll see what happens.
Who's the one person, besides Nick Petit-Frere, who is most responsible for the success of Nick Petit-Frere?
My mom. My mom's one of the most important people in my life, and she raised me up to be who I am today. I give her all of my graces and all of my thanks for her being who she is and raising me to be the person I am today.
What's the one question you're tired of being asked?
Did you really eat all that food? Or did you really have 8,000 calories?
What's the one question you wish you were asked either more or at all, because nobody has ever asked you?
Hmm. What's you're favorite game to play or your favorite leisure activity?
OK. What is your favorite game to play?
I love playing board games. My favorite game is Monopoly. That's one of my favorite games. I love playing board games in general, but that's my top tier.
Which one? The thimble, the top hat, the...
Which piece I use?
I get the battleship usually. That's usually my piece. Everybody tries to get the car and the dog and the horse, but I like the battleship.
What's one story you usually don't tell people because you think it sounds like you're bragging?
I would probably talk about just getting recruited. How my recruitment process went. How I went about it. And why my high school football coach, head coach, coach (Dominick) Ciao was one of the most important people in that process and how he guided me through it
I'm giving you permission to brag here, and I'm not hearing much braggadocio there. You aren't being immodest when I'm asking you to do it, so come on, man.
I'm a really good chef. That's my number one story, that I feel that I'm probably one of the better chefs on the team.
What is the one thing outside of football that you're most proud of? Is it the cooking?
I would say what I'm most proud of is academics or cooking. Those are the two things I'm most proud of, because those are two things that I take seriously, and academics is one of the reasons why I wanted to come to Ohio State, because I felt it was the best place for me academically and athletically.
You already signed an NIL deal, correct?
Yes, with Flix CV.
If you could get an NIL deal with any company, besides Flix CV, who would it be?
Man, that's a really tough question.
I'm paid to ask tough questions.
I probably would want to do a deal with some type of cooking company, or to do a deal with some type of foundation, like some type of charitable foundation and try to work with them.
What is a cause that's really important to you?
So I actually worked with Metropolitan Ministries when I was back in high school for a little bit, and here at Ohio State we have a few opportunities during the bowl season and during the bowl preparation weeks where we can go help out in the food kitchens and things like that. Just being helpful to people, whatever it may be. I see it as if there's ever a need, or someone asks me to help in any way or form and I have the ability to do it, I would love to just be a part of helping someone out.
Edited for brevity and clarity.