I want you to know how passionate I am about football and why we should be paid as college athletes. I’ve been playing football since I was 5 years old and always had the dream since I was 10 years old to go to D1 program, graduate with a communications degree, have a long successful career in the NFL, retire a Superbowl champion happy and healthy and start my career as a sports broadcaster. This is more than a game to me because I use this sport as my way out of DC. If you were able to see the type of environment I’ve lived in and was forced to endure you will understand why I rely so much on football as my way out. The moment I realized I wanted to play professional football was when I was 10 years old because from ages 5-9 I was just playing it because my dad put me in it but when I turned 10 and these two dark skinned, bald headed football players appeared on the screen and “I asked my grandma who they were”. she told me “their names were Chad Johnson and Terell Owens and she said I act just like them as far as attitude goes”. So I remembered those two names and searched them up on YouTube and I was so fascinated on how they played and especially the way they talk trash and just oozed confidence. So I began following their career and also try to model my game after their game. I didn't choose this dream alone I’ve had people along the way to push me for example. My football coaches have been great as far as helping me accomplish my dream. I had a coach named coach Rob who is well known in Washington DC and coaches at Theodore Roosevelt highschool who is a big part of the reason I decided to keep playing football because he never let me lose sight of what I was chasing he would bring up past players he’s coached and who were now in college because they bought in to what he was preaching. Another coach who is a big part of my plan is my current WR (wide receiver) coach. Coach Easy at Kipp public charter school even though I just met him this year he is a big part of my plan because he constantly reminds me of what I have to do in order to play at the next level. For example he has taught me ways to get open, he has helped improve my footwork, he stays on top me about my grades, he helps with my attitude problem and he really does his very best to get me recruited he tells me what schools I need to aim for, what my GPA needs to be. Although I was ok I wasn’t as good as I thought. So after my dreadful combine performance in 10th grade I began to work harder than I’ve ever worked in my 16 year old life starting with my speed. I looked at as if I’m going to get faster I need to start running track. when I started I noticed the workouts they had us do everyday were getting me faster. Every track meet I went to I noticed my times were getting a little bit faster every time. Next I began working on building my pectoral muscles but since I didn’t know exactly what chest workouts to do I just did a 100 push-ups every day. Then I worked on perfecting my route running so I bought some cones, agility ladder and a parachute to help with my explosiveness in my routes. Then the following season I saw all my hard work pay off with me winning 6 track and field medals and helping lead my football team to the championship but I’m not done yet.