The sport of football has heavily influenced my personality throughout my life. I started playing at a young age, playing flags, and eventually junior peewee and beyond. At the time, I also played baseball and basketball, and I wrestled for a year. Once I realized my passion was for football, I dropped the other sports and trained in the offseason. This is when I developed a love for weightlifting, when my father taught me the basics at the age of 11. Ever since, I have trained 5-6 days a week at my nearby gym. Here, I also participated in strongman sessions with a group of other members. I learned a lot through these sessions, and I further developed my work ethic and motivation to never quit. At the age of 14, I started my freshman year at center on varsity. In addition to football, I also throw shot put and discus on the track and field team.
Academically, I have always been a high honor-roll student. I have also been in the Gifted program since Elementary school. Furthermore, I am currently accelerated in math two years, taking honors pre-calculus as a freshman. Because of my love for math and science, I plan on pursuing a career in engineering in the future.
In my hometown gym, there is a wall of fame, where long-time members can write their names and phrases if they want. One of these phrases, has always caught my attention, and have lived by this phrase ever since.
"Your love for what you do and willingness to push yourself where others aren't prepared to go is what will make you great!"