Athlete Spotlight: Dominic Rufran
College: University of Wyoming
High School: Palmer High School, Class of 2011
Some athletes are natural born leaders. Others are gradually molded by their experiences and circumstances. Some leaders are quiet while others thrive in being more vocal. All great leaders, however, must lead by example. And that’s exactly the leadership style of Dominic Rufran.
Dominic, a graduate of Palmer High School, is about to enter his junior year at the University of Wyoming, where he will look to lead the Cowboys football team and its receiving corps. In fact, no other Wyoming player has caught more passes (83) than Dominic the last two seasons, and his seven receiving touchdowns are second most in the last two seasons. He’s been impressive in his first two years, but he’s ready to take his game to a whole new level this coming season.
While on break from school near the end of 2012, Dominic came to Max Performance looking to learn some new ways to work on his speed and explosiveness. While he was only able to train for a short time with Max before returning to Laramie, Wyoming, Dominic proved to our staff that he was definitely a Division I caliber athlete who loved to be challenged, didn’t mind putting in a little hard work, and was not willing to settle for less than his best. If you are looking for a leader to mold your own individual game after, consider this dynamic athlete.
- What is your favorite motivational quote?
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” -Philippians 4:13
- How does that quote motivate you during your training or when you are playing your sport?
Anytime I am in pain or I feel I cannot push any harder, I look up and find strength from Him. He gave me life. So when I want to give up, I remember the pain and suffering He had on the cross which gives me strength to keep pushing on.
- How does training at Max Performance compare to training at Wyoming (a DI football program)?
It is different in the aspect that I get a lot more personal attention with Max Performance which helps me focus on the little things I need to work on and push me harder as well. The exercises are a little different but I have definitely had workouts at Max Performance where I thought the workout was harder than a workout in Wyoming.
- Who is your greatest inspiration and why?
My greatest inspiration is Jesus Christ. The reason is He is the greatest leader in History. He took 12 men and spent time with them – then they together changed the world. It can apply in your athletics as it only takes a couple to lead the rest of the team to a championship.
- A young athlete wants to follow in your footsteps, what advice can you give him/her?
You are going to face many trials as an athlete. The ones who learn from their trials and use their trials to become a stronger person and athlete are the ones who will succeed. Give 100 percent all the time on and off the field – not just for you but for the people around you and for God. Giving that type of effort, you will become more than a phenomenal athlete but also a phenomenal person that can influence others to do the same.
- Every athlete has that moment that they feel defines them as an athlete. What do you believe is your defining moment?
For me the defining moment was after my first 100-yard game vs a team that was ranked in the top 25 in the entire country. I realized I really had what it took to play at any level I set my mind to. Your athletics is all about confidence and the confidence you have in yourself. You gain that confidence from the off-season work that allows you to perform at an optimal level when it’s time to compete. Because of my defining moment during the season, I have never worked harder in my life than this year’s off season. Your defining moment is a trickle effect that starts off with a moment, that then changes your outlook on everything, that then allows you to become whatever you desire through hard work and dedication.