“Never, never, never, never give up.” Winston Churchill said this in 1941 at Harrow School after the Blitz. This is my approach to life and football. I believe that with hard work and determination anything is possible. When I was younger many people tried to limit me based upon my size. (I am 5'11" and 180 pounds.) Instead of giving up, I worked harder than anyone else and that hard work has paid off.
I attend Carmel High School in Carmel, Indiana. As a freshman I started as a Defensive Back on the freshman team. When I was a sophomore I started for the Junior Varsity team, played on the Varsity’s Special Teams, and earned my first Varsity letter. While earning a letter in football as a sophomore at Carmel is exciting, I was not satisfied. My dream was to start as a junior.
In August 2011, this dream became reality. I started at Defensive Back and Punt Return. Not only did I start, but I had an exciting season that included 75 total tackles (47 solo), 3 interceptions, 12 pass breakups, and 3 quarterback sacks. My biggest game happened on my 17th birthday. Carmel was playing Warren Central, then ranked 13th in the nation, for the Sectional Championship. I prevented a touchdown by ripping the ball from a receiver’s hands and then on Warren’s final drive in the last second of the game I intercepted the potentially game winning pass. Carmel went on to win the 5A State Championship and I was named to the 5A IFCA Junior All-State Team. We were also named 4th in the nation by MaxPreps.
I am looking forward to playing one more year of high school football and hopefully another State Title. It is my dream to play football in college and I am looking for a program that will give me this opportunity. After college I would like to work for the FBI or CIA and I see football as an integral part of preparing me for my future.
I will never give up as I strive to reach my goals and dreams.