Because I was a late bloomer, I spent my 9th and 10th grade years on the freshman and JV team. While I could have quit because I wasn’t on varsity as a freshman and sophomore, I decided to work even harder (and thankfully, I grew a lot). As a junior, I earned a starting spot on the offensive line. At the conclusion of my season, I was fortunate to earn several personal honors for my work on the team, but most importantly, my team won the Class 5A football championship. When someone asks why I want to play football in college, my reply is always--because I love it.