Indian Spotlight 2018 #4
Playing football at Saint Joseph High School has been a huge part of my life. I can remember the first day of practice during the summer of 2015 as a 180 pound freshman. The transition from middle school football to high school football is a huge jump, especially at Saint Joe. With our numbers sometimes being down, we have several guys going both ways, including me. That is how Saint Joe football is supposed to be, a grind. Working in the weight room with my teammates during the off-season and working hard on the field with them has allowed me to be apart of a special brotherhood that I will cherish forever. The bonds I have made on this team throughout the years is truly unreal, and I would not trade them for the world.
There are many guys who I have played with over the years who have really showed me what it means to be a Saint Joe football player, and for that I am forever grateful. I can remember when I was a kid going to see Saint Joe games, and just being so excited to be like those guys some day and forming the brotherhood that they did. Saint Joe football has taught me a lot throughout the years, especially patience. Saint Joe Football faces a lot of adversity such as injuries, depth, and the challenging schedule we play. It has taught me to trust the process and to keep playing hard with good fundamentals and everything will fall into place.
Saint Joe football has been my life for the past 4 years. From the end of each season until summer workouts, all I can think about is getting back on the field with my brothers and grinding it out for another season. I have cherished every moment and memory I have made playing football at Saint Joe. I am truly blessed to call myself a Saint Joseph Indian. I wear those colors with pride. The determination and dedication this program has to be successful is unreal. I have been working hard since day one to get stronger and faster so I can play for my brothers on Friday nights and be successful as a team. To me, playing football at Saint Joe has been the best part of my life. There is no other bond that you can make like the ones you do in football, especially at Saint Joe. The brotherhood that comes with this program is what makes it special. From doing sprints after practice to raking leaves with the team for community service, I have enjoyed it all.
There are a few players that I would like to thank for getting me to where I am today. The first is Michael Godfrey. Michael Godfrey has truly shown me what it means to be dedicated to your team and to know how to play when adversity hits. I know that he would have done anything for our team, and for that I am very grateful. The next person I would like to thank is Luke Faccenda. Luke Faccenda has taught me how to stay calm when things don’t go our way. He taught me to just run the play and get back to the huddle and move on to the next play. The last person I would like to thank is Mark Hiestand. Mark has taught me what it means to truly work hard, and to push yourself to the point where you can barely move. He has always been there to calm me down when adversity hits and something does not go our way. He has also taught me to just move on and to go hard on the next play. He pushes me in the weight room and is always there to make me better as a football player, as well as an individual, and for that I thank him. We have been playing football together since the sixth grade, and it has been one amazing ride.
Playing football at Saint Joe with my brother Michael is something that I will always cherish. There is no better feeling than playing next to the guy that I have grown up with. Playing with him this year has been a huge blessing to me, and is something that I will hold onto forever. We have been lifting with each other since we were both in middle school, and have pushed each other over the years ever since we started playing football together as elementary school kids. I would not trade that for anything. I can’t express enough how much playing football at Saint Joe means to me and how amazing the bonds are that I have made, but I do know that it is something that can never be replaced and it is something that I will be able to hold onto forever.