I was five when I first saw my cousin Garret play football. My dad and uncle, and many people I didn't know cheered him on. He was good, and I loved watching. I wanted to play the game and hear friends and family calling my name. Garret had the kind of work ethic that showed on and off the field. I knew I would need the same attitude to succeed. My first year on the varsity team was frustrating. I recognized the lack of leadership from upperclassmen as a contributing factor to our 0 and 8 season. This made me want to lead when it was my time. I was anxious to put in time at the gym to get better and set an example for my team. When I earned the starting QB spot early in my freshman year, I had the opportunity to step up and lead the team, even upperclassmen. I learned the game is more than physical skills. The game requires heart and mental toughness. When my team starts to get negative and down on themselves, I reassure them. I don’t dwell on opponents’ strengths; I pick out their weaknesses and take advantage. My sophomore year I was chosen to be a team captain, made Honorable Mention in our region, and was awarded offensive MVP. However, we only won a single game. Still, I could feel a difference that season. My leadership and attitude never wavered, and my teammates followed suit. My junior year I continued to be a team captain, made the All-Region team, was again awarded offensive MVP, and shattered my school’s season passing record, while tying the season touchdown record. I led the team to a 5 and 3 season and made the playoffs for the first time in several years. This year, I will be the leader of a team who believes success is inevitable when combined with work ethic and passion.
I’m looking for a college program that will be a good fit athletically and academically. My ability to succeed as a three-sport athlete and maintain a 3.9 GPA in the classroom proves my work ethic and character. I still admire Garret when I remember how much my five-year-old self wanted to be a football star. Now Garret cheers at my games, and I don't want the cheers to end in high school. I know I have much to offer at the college-level. My leadership, attitude and talent will be an asset to your team.