I started playing football in fourth grade. That year we won the little leauge super bowl, and I was hooked! I knew that football was the sport that I was meant to play. At a young age, I always wanted to be the one scoring the touchdowns or running the ball. As I continued to grow, I soon realized that is not what I was meant to do. I was the big kid on the field, and I soon discovered how to use my size to my advantage. I enjoyed plowing over linemen and making the tackle.
My freshman year was a rough year. I got to play a little varsity at the beginning of the season. Then, a little over half way into the season, the senior lineman that I was the back-up to got injured, and it was now my turn. I was scared at first, but quickly learned my role. My sophomore year was my turning point. I earned a starting position on varsity as an OL and DL. As a team, we turned things around and went 9-1. We learned what it meant to play as a family, to depend on each other and be depended on. My coaches created a compassion within me that I did not know was there.
I still have two years left to play, and I am so excited for them! I can not wait to see what our team is going to accomplish. But I know this for sure, I do not want my football journey to end in two years. I feel like I have that determination and drive that it takes to compete at a collegiate level, and cannot wait to see where it may lead me.