The list of accolades for Justin, a Penn Quaker wide receiver, is long and inspiring. He’s Penn's all-time leader in receiving yards, touchdowns, and receptions, has been chosen as All-American five times, was named the Brian Westbrook Tri-State Player of the Year, and played a key role in two Ivy League Championships. Justin was drafted by the NFL and will have a professional football career. Justin’s attitude about life is to take advantage of all opportunities. He makes the most of every opportunity at Penn—both athletically and academically.
With a passion for business, Justin knew from the beginning of his time at Penn that he wanted to focus on Finance. One particular class helped him to frame out a philosophy that he would utilize during his four years at Penn. It began during his Introduction to Management class with Professor Andrew Carton. Justin was encouraged to learn more than just the material on the test and to think about how to apply what he learned to his everyday life and future career. Justin has used that holistic perspective to approach education.
Knowing that he wants to play professional football, Justin began taking sports management classes and a negotiation class to better prepare himself for the process ahead. When he selected an agent for the first time, Justin leveraged his knowledge from both classes to choose the best agent. Because he was prepared, he was a strong and informed advocate for his own career.
The Penn football team is very involved in charitable causes. The team’s work with Uplifting Athletes, a nonprofit organization that inspires college football teams to raise awareness of and funds for a rare disease, has had a significant impact on Justin. The Quakers chose Castleman, a rare disease of lymph nodes, as their focus. The team supports the Castleman Disease Research Program at Penn, led by Dr. David Fajgenbaum, an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine.
As co-captain of the football team, Justin has seen the direct impact of giving back. During Justin’s sophomore year, Penn's football coach Ray Priore announced the first team captain: four-year-old cancer patient Vhito DeCapria. Complete with a press conference, Vhito signed his letter of intent to join Penn Football as part of the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality of life for children battling cancer. Vhito is a fixture at Franklin Field, where he leads the team out of the tunnel, joins the players on the field for the coin toss, and offers words of encouragement to the entire Penn football team.