Editor’s Note: With Rob Pannell getting drafted in NLL, signing with StringKing, making the cut for Team USA (so far), and signing with Brine, he has been a busy man! The guys over at StringKing sat down with Rob to talk about it all, and we’re loving this in-depth conversation. We have excerpted some of the questions and answers, and have provided a link to the full interview at the bottom of this post.
As most of you know, Rob “RP3″ Pannell recently made a commitment to StringKing Lacrosse and has joined our Pro Team! He has been a supporter of ours since his senior season at Cornell and made sure when signing his deal with Brine that mesh, strings, and pockets be left out of his contract specifically so he could continue to use and endorse StringKing. He relies on the consistency of StringKing Performance Mesh to give him a pocket that he can trust regardless of any playing conditions and overuse. We couldn’t be more thrilled to have RP3 swearing by StringKing and we’re ecstatic that the best players in the world are noticing the benefits of playing with StringKing Performance Mesh!
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We were lucky enough to sit down with Rob and have him answer a few questions for us about his thoughts on mesh, pockets, lacrosse, and life. Enjoy the exclusive interview below!
We’re a relatively new company and have been working hard to get the StringKing name out there. How did you come across StringKing Mesh and what made you “make the switch”? What was your initial reaction when you checked it out and how quickly did you notice it’s benefits?
I came across StringKing mesh at school when Steve Mock came up to me and said something along the lines of “Yo this new string company gave coach some mesh and its pretty sweet.” I took a look at it and immediately when I felt it, I could tell that it was the highest quality mesh that I had ever touched and something that I wanted in my stick. I knew it was special when I had Steve string a stick for me and I could immediately use it the next practice, with no bagging out and not being affected by the rain or snow.
At StringKing, we believe that a player’s pocket is the most important piece of equipment. Getting a consistent pocket starts with using consistent mesh. How important is it for your pockets to be consistent from one another? What have you noticed when stringing up pockets with our mesh? On a scale from 0-10, where would you rate your pocket in terms of importance to your game?
As I mentioned before, you struggle with your pocket more than anything so its definitely at a 9 or 10 when it comes to importance in my game. The consistency that StringKing Performance Mesh provides from one pocket to the next is incredibly important for me so I can continue to play at my highest level possible without lag time in between sticks!
What are some of your goals in lacrosse, both on the field and off? Beyond playing, have you ever thought about pursuing another type of career within the sport? What’s the future hold for the RP3 brand?
On the field, I want to just continue to elevate my game and play at the highest level possible. Right now the two things on my mind most are making Team USA and winning an MLL Championship!
If you could meet any two people (dead or alive) who would they be?
Eamon McEneaney – Eamon has been an inspiration and hero of mine since I stepped foot on Cornell’s campus. Listening to the way in which people talked about Eamon, I knew he was someone I wanted to strive to be like both on and off the field. He was a special player but an even more special person. I admire the way in which he played the game and the way in which he lived his life. Eamon passed away on September 11, 2001 and I have never had the pleasure and honor of meeting him in person, but I feel like I have known him my whole life.
George Boiardi – Georgie was a captain for Cornell in 2004 and is the man in which all Cornell Lacrosse players should strive to be like. He was the best teammate possible and a very special person. His teammates have portrayed him to current players through a video about what it means to give a George Boiardi type effort, one you want to give day in and day out. George passed away during his senior season after being struck in the chest with a ball against Binghamton.
What’s your favorite sport or pastime besides lacrosse?
I love playing golf perhaps more than lacrosse, which says a lot. I love nothing more than a little father son golf with my Dad and brother James. However, my favorite sport to watch is football. I am a big Dallas Cowboys fan and on Sunday you will find me glued to a TV watching as much NFL football as I can.
To check out the FULL interview, head on over to StringKing’s website and get the full scoop! Don’t know how we feel about that Dallas Cowboys answer though…