Football has been a part of my family for generations. It is a sport that is part of my family bond and became my passion from early on.
Starting the summer before 6th grade, I spent every day of summer vacation with the high school football players lifting in the weight room. It was there that I knew that I wanted to play high school football. As I saw some of the guys I looked up to go on to play college football, I knew that with hard work and determination, I could play in college as well.
During the spring of my 6th grade year, I began looking at attending football camps. I came across something called USA Football. I signed up for the Regional Development Camp. It was the first large camp that I had been to with kids from all over the state, so I was scared and intimidated. I didn't even make it past the first camp and qualify for the Development Games. However, I learned a lot and I wanted to go back the next year. All summer I worked hard to get better and signed up again the spring of my 7th grade year. This time I not only made it past the Regional Development Camp, I qualified for the Development Games that summer. Because of my performance at the Development Games, I got an invitation to the International Bowl that is played at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Texas and broadcasted on ESPN. I was fortunate enough to spend the week in Dallas working with elite coaches and athletes from all over the country. It was probably the best experience I've ever had in my lifetime.
This fall, I will be a sophomore. In addition to working hard in school, I plan to spend my time lifting weights, playing great football, playing high school hockey and getting faster and stronger each day. I also enjoy staying active hunting, fishing, snow skiing, water skiing, and participating in other activities with my family and friends. My dream is to become a meteorologist/storm chaser and continue playing football as long as I possibly can.