Football makes me feel important; Whatever I do it's making a big impact on the game even if there are consequences at the end. While playing the game there are ten other people that you have to count on, you bleed together, sweat together, cry together, and that is what makes me who I am. Not only do you have to count on them, but they have to count on you because if one person were to mess up, it disrupts the whole game and it affects the entire team. Growing up I went through a very different form of discipline, you either did the right thing or get the consequences. I never really had anyone to look up to, I had to learn most things on my own because there was nobody to help me. I've never really had any self confidence, if I were to mess up I would most likely quit and I wouldn't try again because i would think that i couldn't do it. Growing up like that made me mature quickly because I had to adapt to the responsibilities given to me at a young age.
On the football field you have certain responsibilities depending on what position you are in. Unfortunately one game I ignored my responsibility. One time, during a game, my team was on defense and I was playing defensive end. We were up about three touchdowns and it was the third quarter. The ball was snapped and the running back on the other team got the ball, all I wanted to do was to tackle him. Unfortunately, I took the the wrong hole, I took the inside hole instead of the outside hole, and the running back went and scored a touchdown. I was devastated, I felt that I had let my team down. When i got home that night i had to ask myself, “what am I going to do to make sure that doesn't happen again?” Then I came to a conclusion; I had to become a team player. I made that mistake because I wanted to do my own thing, and one thing my coach always says, “If someone worries about someone else's responsibility and ignores their own, we’ll all lose.”
I knew that I couldn't let that one slip up define how I played, I had to get my head in the game, and continue playing as hard as I could. After that play the defensive coach yelled at me for not doing the right assignment and put me on the bench, and I didn't play defense the rest of the game. After that I made sure that I played really well on the offensive line, I finished the game with about six pancakes. That experience alone changed who I was for the better, it made me understand life a little bit more. You cant let one mistake change you; After that one play in the game, if you were to look at my body language you could tell that i had given up, not physically but mentally, I wanted to quit. That one slip up only told me to work harder and play better to make up for it, and that's how I go about life now. Ever since that game last year i've made sure that I never give up and always word hard no matter the circumstances. That shaped who Omorefe Best is because now I make sure that I work as hard as I can so that I can get what I want in the future, and so I can be successful. I don't know what the future holds for me but when I find out, I’ll work my hardest to get there.