10 Questions: Football award brings Grant Miller sandwich fame

La Jolla High grad Grant T. Miller begins his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame this week

As La Jolla High School graduate Grant T. Miller (Class of 2015) begins his freshman year at the University of Notre Dame this week, friends and family will have something tasty to remember the school’s star defensive end by — his own Subway sandwich.

The Village’s Subway shop has instituted a new tradition, partnering with La Jolla High School to create an annual Football Player of the Year award. Each year, the recipient will get to create their own namesake Subway sandwich.

Grant’s culinary creation, dubbed the “G Meal Griller” (in honor of his nickname “G Mill”), is a toasted sub with turkey, pepperoni, ham, roast beef, spinach, tomatoes, green peppers, onions and Grant’s special vinaigrette dressing. “I tried several different creations before ultimately deciding on this one,” said Grant, who graduated with a 4.34 grade-point-average and lettered in football, basketball and volleyball, and was also on the LJHS surf team. “It’s surprisingly delicious.”

The G Meal Griller is available for purchase at the Subway shop at 7514 Girard Avenue (across from Vons) now through the end of the fall football season. A percentage of every G Meal Griller sold will help purchase equipment for La Jolla High’s football program. Grant, who was accepted into Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, said he plans to study business management or finance, with a minor in entrepreneurship and another possible minor in the business of energy and sustainability.

How long have you lived in La Jolla?

My mom moved to La Jolla in 1986 and my dad in 1987. They met as neighbors and eventually married. My sister, Kate, and I were both lucky to have grown up in La Jolla on the same block that our parents met, with the beach a block away and all that La Jolla offers at our fingertips.

Who or what inspires you?

There are many great teachers at LJHS, but Howard Tenenbaum, my AP Environmental Science teacher ignited my interest in the environment, natural resources and conservation. Yvon Chouinard, who started Patagonia, inspires me with his ability to build a thriving business that is environmentally sound and meets the needs of adventure seekers. My coaches at LJHS who gave their time and talent and who shared their passion for the game were also a huge inspiration in my life.

If you hosted a dinner party for eight, whom (living or deceased) would you invite?

Both of my grandpas (whom I never had the privilege to meet), Steve Jobs, Jesus, Bill Bradley, Thomas Jefferson, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele (from the “Key and Peele” show on Comedy Central) to keep the conversation very interesting).

What is it that you most dislike?

Traffic. I am also not a fan of large urban cities.

What would be your dream vacation?

Growing up in La Jolla, where half the world comes to vacation, made me realize that one should aspire to choose a place to live where a vacation lifestyle is possible everyday. I have no problem working hard, but a balance is needed in life where you can play as hard as you work.

What are your favorite comfort foods?

Mexican food, of course. Los Dos Taco Shop knows how to make some good California burritos. Acai bowls and smoothies are also pretty delicious.

What is your most-prized possession?

I shaped and glassed my first surfboard last year with the help of Bird Rock Surf Shop and a lifeguard by the name of “Boot.” It’s a 6’11” single fin. It’s definitely not perfect, but riding a board that was shaped by my own two hands and seeing it work is quite a feeling.

What do you do for fun?

Surf, surf and surf. Anything active such as snowboarding, hiking, camping trips, unexpected adventures, etc. I went skydiving for the first time last week and loved it!

What music do you like best?

I listen to an extremely wide array of music, but the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime always find a place at the top of my playlist.

What is your motto or philosophy of life?

“Work hard. Play hard.” and “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” from Wayne Gretzky.