Boys Varsity Football · Indian Spotlight Article #6 Joey Gillis Senior #54

Indian Spotlight Article #6

Joey Gillis Senior #54

I have always dreamed of being a Saint Joe Indian. I’ve been watching Saint Joe play all of my life. I got to watch my brother and cousins play for Saint Joe and even make it to Lucas Oil Stadium. These memories have stuck with me all of my life and they became something that I wanted to experience as a player. Also, I got to see how strong of a bond these Saint Joe players had. They spent countless hours with each other. From winter workouts to two a days to after school practices, I remember how much time and work my brother spent with his teammates on and off the field.

I soon realized that what they had was more than just a bond, it was a brotherhood. Now that I am a senior, I have gotten to experience and be a part of the same brotherhood.Everyone that is a part of the team is my brother. Whether it’s on or off the field, I know that they will always have my back. One thing I have learned from this brotherhood is that you need to be trusting. As long as we trust in each other to do our jobs, we will win games.

The past two seasons I was given the opportunity to play on the defensive line, but this season I was given another opportunity to play on the offensive line. It was a big challenge for me because I’ve never played very much on the Offensive line. I struggled at the start, but my coaches and teammates helped me adjust to it. Mark Hiestand really helped me through this transition. He got me to push myself during the off-season whether it was in the weight room or getting me to do shot put and discus with him in the spring so I could get some extra work in. He has also helped me figure out my job as an offensive lineman and what I need to work on. I greatly appreciate what Mark has done for me. These past four years have included some of my favorite memories and I know that there will be plenty more because we still have a long season ahead of us.