Growing up as the son of a former college baseball player and coach, I was introduced to sports at a very young age and was fortunate to have some athletic ability. Initially, I thought that I would follow in my fathers path as a baseball player. However, when I was 9 years old and played flag football for the first time, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to play in the Turkey Bowl (Championship game). During that game I scored two of our three touchdowns and intercepted a pass, returning it 60 yards to the 1 yard line and help setup our third and final touchdown. After earning the Turkey Bowl MVP, I began to realize that I truly loved and had developed a passion for the game of football.
Both my sister and I were raised in a Christian household and attended private Christian schools until I reached middle school. During this time, I established a solid foundation and learned good ethics and moral values, which has guided my behavior and has taught me the sound principles of good conduct. I really didn't realize the importance of a strong Christian foundation until my parents divorced at the age of twelve. Not only did it assist me in getting through subsequent years of turmoil without turning to other means of coping, it allowed me to utilize the pain and anger I was feeling as motivation to become a better football player and I focused all my energy into improving my skills as an athlete.
It is my opinion that the above described events of my life have provided me with those intangibles that will be helpful in continuously improving my abilities as a student athlete, subsequently assisting in the overall improvement of my team.