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Why You Should Take The Time To Celebrate Your Triumphs In The Post-Season

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The following is a post by Chris Burget, a head scout at NCSA Athletic Recruiting, who regularly contributes to our blog, as well as his own at CoachChris99.com. Chris played football at the University of Arizona, where he received a full scholarship. You can also find Chris on Twitter @Coach_Chris99. You can talk to Chris and other football scouts about your football recruiting process and how you can maximize your chances of getting a football scholarship.

‘Tis the season when the best gifts come in the form of football accolades, honors, and scholarships. We recently wrote about Zach Hughes and Taylor Campos, this year’s winners of the Wendy’s High School Heisman.

College coaches are busy evaluating talent and offering scholarships to those lucky high school players who will get a chance to play at the next level. And just like waiting for Santa, many high school and collegiate football athletes across the nation have learned whether or not they made All-League, All-Conference, or Player of the Year.

It’s time for football players to celebrate their triumphs.

The other day I had phone call with a junior football player, along with his family, who are all excited about his recent nomination to First Team All-League in California.

Both he and his parents were excited to talk about the recruiting process, and the next steps to put their son in the best position possible for a college scholarship. This young athlete has been a committed player who has done everything he can to to improve both his grades and athletic ability. He is a shining example of what we are looking for in a NCSA athlete. It was very rewarding for me to spend over an hour with this family.

We work so hard to be the best we can be. As the elite runner Steve Prefontaine once said, “To give less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” Don’t we deserve the opportunity to celebrate all of our successes? Tweet this! Tweet:

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Another success story I want to highlight is Gunner Gibson. I have been fortunate enough to follow Gunner’s high school football career. (Full disclosure: Gunner’s my godson.)

Gunner’s story mirrors the stories of football players all over the country, as well as the stories of those players’ parents, families and friends. It has been thrilling to watch him play on Friday nights. Through hard work and determination, Gunner has put himself in a position to receive a college football scholarship after earning Idaho All-State for a Tight End.

Gunner Gibson

Class: 2016
Stats: 6’3″ 220 lbs
40 Yard Dash: 4.7
Bench: 300 lbs
Squat: 430 lbs
School: Wood River High School
Hometown: Hailey, Idaho


Gunner drew double coverage nearly every time he took the field. But defenses still couldn’t contain him as he caught 42 passes for 1,113 yards and 14 TDs, averaging 26.5 yards per catch.

Check out his video, which shows the importance of highlighting and sequencing of plays.

What accomplishments are you celebrating?

What accomplishments are you most proud of this post-season? I’d love to hear from you. Give me a shout out on Twitter @Coach_Chris99 to let me know.

Each night, I have the honor of visiting with families who share their personal stories with me. I am invited into their homes via a conference call, and I enjoy getting to know the student athlete and his or her family. It is my goal to educate and guide as many families as possible through the recruiting process, help many every student-athlete I can to reach their dreams of playing their favorite sport in college.

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays!


Want to chat to Chris and head scouts just like him about your recruiting process? The best way to get started is with a recruiting profile.

About the author
Andy McKernan

Andy McKernan is the content strategist at NCSA Athletic Recruiting. A content marketer with a background in creative writing, Andy brings several years of experience to NCSA.