Feb. 3, 2010
Transcribed by Brian Davis, Assistant Media Relations Director and Abigail Mallick
With Tennessee Lady Vol softball season fast approaching on February 12th, utladyvols.com is helping the fans get more acquainted with the 2010 squad by asking questions of the student-athletes and posting their answers. Check back each day for a new featured Lady Vol softball player! If you've missed your favorite player, be sure to visit the bottom of the UT softball page where previous player questions/answers are catalogued under the link entitled "Meet the 2010 Lady Vols."
Name: Shelby Burchell
I wear number # because? It was my dad's number, and I have worn it since I started playing.
Favorite Food? Italian or Mexican
Favorite TV Show? Cake Boss
Favorite Knoxville-area restaurant? Agave Azul
Best movie you've seen recently? Fireproof and The Blind Side
Favorite Vacation Spot? At our river house or on a beach.
Favorite Childhood Memory? Taking my video camera and filming my friends, my brother, and I doing stupid things at my house. Then sitting everyone down and "presenting" it.
Favorite Hobbies Outside of Softball? Tye dying, fishing, reading, painting, watching movies, spending time with my sister playing Wii Golf and Mario Cart. Also spending time with my boyfriend playing other sports together.
Favorite Athlete(s)? Shaun Alexander and Derek Jeter
Favorite U.S. Softball Player? Monica Abbott and Jessica Mendoza
Best player you've ever faced? Monica Abbott
Who do you feel has been the biggest influence in your life and why? My family, it wasn't just one person that influenced me. I feel that my family has taught me how to keep my faith and still compete at a high level and to always keep God first throughout everything.
How would you describe your personality? Loyal, stubborn, happy, funny, a little neurotic, and unique.
What is one thing you wish you were better at? That I could be slower to get angry
What is one thing about yourself that most people don't know? Before teaching, I wanted to be a director.
If you could have a superpower what would it be? To fly
My favorite thing to collect is? Records - old vinyl style
Snack food that I can't live without? Sour cream and cheddar chips!
Person you would most like to trade places with for a day? Lead singer for Coldplay
If you could have dinner with any three people (present or past) who would they be? Jesus, Mick Jagger, and Elvis
One possession you would keep if you lost all but one? My baby blanket, "Blankie"
If there were a movie about your life, what would it be called? The Color Orange (A spin off of The Color Purple)
Who would portray you in a movie about your life? Rachel McAdams or Keira Knightley
What would your dream job be? Music Producer and a mother
Best advice ever been given? "Never stop swinging for the fences." - Dad
List some random things about yourself Facebook-style:
1) For 5 years straight I hit a homerun on both of my parents birthdays.
2) My whole family goes by our middle name
3) I can tread water for over an hour.
4) I love going to art galleries.
5) I graduated with 39 people in my senior class.
6) My pre-game ritual has always been to eat a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup.