I started playing football my sophomore year. A buddy of mine recruited me, I had gone out for wrestling in middle school and also my freshman year but that was the only other sport I had played. He thought because of my size I would be a good addition to the team. I didn't really know what I was in for, in terms of physical or mental challenges. But I stuck with it because I wanted to see if I could do it. It turns out that it was one of the best decisions I ever made. Being part of a team and the brotherhood of the Offensive Line helped me to grow both mentally and in my character. I learned to think about others and also to accept disappointment when my junior year team really didn't perform well. In fact, I really thought about leaving the team, it didn't feel like a team anymore. But instead of leaving, I decided I wanted to make things better.
Although we didn't move into the post season, we finished my senior year season as a strong team once again, and I feel like I was a big part of the process. I hope to carry that sense of belonging and working together for a common goal into my college years. I have learned to love the sport of football and the challenges it gives me, and I believe I will be an important part of the school team I choose.