I was born in Lansing, Michigan in 2001. My father joined the Navy in 2003 and moved my family and I to Jacksonville, Florida in 2004. Aside from the many deployments and the moving from state to state, I have had a really good life. My parents ensured that I played sports early and often, from baseball, to cross country, I have done it all. I have played tackle football every season since 2008, making this my 12th consecutive season on the field. Starting both offense and defense the last few years has helped me become an even better leader on the field, because I know that my teammates count on me each and every play.
This season, my team was bumped from division 1 in 2017, to division 2 in 2018 due to our record. Although we lost our very first game to Sante Fe Christian in overtime, we played arguably are most sound football that day. I was very productive on both sides of the ball, posting huge numbers receiving. But, it was all for naught as I had an opportunity to win the game on a last second pass which I took 50+ yards before being stopped just short of the goal line. Looking back I know what I would have done differently, and I think winning that first game would have really set the tone for the rest of the season. Instead, we started 0-3 before getting our first win. That game still eats at me when I think about it, but it has helped me grow as a player.
There are so many things that interest me regarding careers, so I haven't quite narrowed down what exactly I want to study. I try to pick my mom and dad's brain as much as I can, because I know they want what is best for me and wont steer me wrong. Something pertaining to sports after college really intrigues me. I was thinking Athletic Director or Director of Player Engagement. Something where I can stay close to the game when I hang them up. Otherwise, Science has always interested me. Especially biology and astronomy. Heading my fathers advice, I want to do something fun and that doesn't feel like a job. Something that really interests me. Sports has always been that "thing".