We asked Panasiuk a series of questions to learn more about him on and off the field.
Q – When not playing football, what do you like to do?
MP – I like to hang out with my friends and go fishing. I'm an outdoor guy so I like to be outdoors doing other sports. In the off season I throw shot put and discus in track. So I do that and lift weights.
Q - What is your favorite food?
MP – I love all kinds of food. Put a plate in front of me and I'll eat it.
Q – What is the one food you must have?
MP - Pierogies.
Q - What show are you watching on television or streaming currently?
MP – I don't really watch television a lot.
Q – What kinds of music do you listen to?
MP – I listen to country all the time. Doesn't matter who it is or what kind.
Q – What is the last concert you attended?
MP – I've not been to any lately but will be going up to Country Thunder in Wisconsin in about a week.
Q – What is something people wouldn't know about you?
MP – Probably that I like to spend a lot of time by myself. Usually people like to be around others. But I just like to be by myself and isolate myself from everyone else and be by myself. Not many people know that about me.
Q – What do you want to do with your degree from Michigan State?
MP – I'm planning on doing something with business.
Q - Five years after Michigan State what will you be doing?
MP – Hopefully with the talent I've been given and the body size I have I can continue my career at the next level. That is definitely something I would want to do. But not everyone gets to do that and if that doesn't work out for me, I just want to settle down somewhere, find a job, have a family and have enough money with the job I have to provide for my wife and kids and have a normal life.
Q – When did you feel you were a Division One football player?
MP – I noticed I was a lot bigger and a lot stronger than everybody my freshman year. But I didn't think I had the size or talent until probably going into my junior year. That was when I decided why not get college for free. So that was probably the time I definitely thought about becoming a Division One athlete.
Q – What is your favorite sports team?
MP – The New England Patriots. When I was younger I was a fan of Rob Gronkowski. So when he got drafted by the Patriots, I started liking them more. Growing up I was a Bears fan, but once Rob got on a team I went with them.
Q - What other sports do you cheer for?
MP – I follow a couple of sports like basketball and hockey. I'm a real big hockey guy and like the Chicago Blackhawks.
Q – Cubs or White Sox?
MP – I don't like baseball.