Football was never a huge part of my family. My dad didn’t play and only one of my uncles played. My earliest football memory was my dad yelling at Brett Farve to get out of bounds when the Vikings were playing the Saints in the NFC Championship game. I was six at the time and the only sports I had played were soccer and basketball. I thought that in every sport, if the ball went out of bounds, the team with the ball lost possession. From that point on, I was interested in learning more about football. That interest turned into a full-fledged obsession. When I started playing football in 5th grade, I was your typical kid who had just started football. I thought I would be great and the best player on the team. I wasn’t the best by any means, but I was able to start on both sides on the 5th-6th grade team.
I have competed in numerous sports in addition to football. I have been playing soccer and basketball since I was four. I have also competed in triathlons, swimming, wrestling and tae-kwon-do in which I earned a black belt. In my 7th grade year, I went to state in track in both the discus and as part of our schools 4 x 400 relay team. In my 8th grade year, I made the state meet in the 4x100 and 4x400 relays, as well as the discus and shot put. I set school records in the discus, 4x400, and 4x100.
My personal goals for the upcoming football season include starting both ways. On offense, I would like to have 250 yards receiving and 3 touchdowns. Defensively, I would like to lead the team in sacks and tackles for a loss. I want to have 3 interceptions playing outside linebacker. I would also like to make all-conference at one of my positions. For the team goals, I want us to win the conference, go undefeated in the conference, and make a deep playoff run.