I am 6'3, 265, and play defensive line at Saint James. I wasn't always that good of an athlete, and didn't really have much passion for the sport. Once I joined the varsity team, that changed. I quickly fell in love with the brotherhood that I had with my teammates, and enjoyed being part of the team. Up until my junior year, I didn't get much playing time, and even then I wasn't a full starter. I didn't see much potential in myself, until my coach did. After my junior season, he told me he needed me to work hard in the off season and be ready for my senior season. I listened to him, and put in all my effort to football. I worked hard every day at practice, and I worked my way up to be one of the strongest players in the weight room. I started the first few games as an offensive tackle. Midway through the season, he wanted me to start on the defensive line, where I really enjoyed playing. We finished the season 9-1, and beat our first round opponent at home. We wouldn’t have as much luck in our second game, where we lost 20-19 against the reigning State Champions at their home. As I sat in their locker room, I left my gear on for as long as I could, because I knew it could be my last time wearing it. It was on the bus ride back where I realized I didn’t want this to be the last time I played.
If I could describe what kind of player I am, I would use dedicated. I may not be the best player on the field, but I will put everything I have into every drill at practice, and every play in a game. I might not be able to do something right, but I will practice it until I can. When my coaches tell me to do something, I do it. If it helps the team, it then it’s good enough for me.