Indian Spotlight Spring 2020 Rising Senior Matt Eck #15
Saint Joseph Football means so much more than just football to me. The program guided me to be the person I am today. When I was introduced to the football program I knew I was part of something great. The brotherhood in this program is out of this world. I promise you there is nothing like it. I am so thankful to be a part of this brotherhood and this program.
When I attended my first summer practice with my brother, a senior at the time, he told me that the brotherhood is something I will remember forever. I really started to notice the family we had when I suffered a concussion against Northridge, and the following morning received texts from all of my teammates and coaches. This shows that everyone cares for each other in this program.
When I was seven, my oldest brother Patrick Connors, played for Saint Joe. I went to every single game with my family. Since then I knew that I wanted to play quarterback for Saint Joe. When his team went to state I felt that I wanted to be just like him and make it to Lucas Oil Stadium. My brother showed me what being a Saint Joe Indian was.
As a freshman, I was lucky to have a brother who was a senior on the team. He showed me the ropes and is one of the main reasons I love football like I do. Jimmy was – and still is – the hardest worker I know. I looked up to him as a freshman. I wanted to be like him. Last year, during the summer, he told me if I worked hard enough that I could reach my goal: start at quarterback for the Saint Joe Indians. Jimmy worked with me over the summer and helped make me so much better. I cannot thank him enough for that.
My little brother, Tommy, will be a freshman next year and I hope to be a role model for him just as Jimmy was for me. Tommy will drop anything to go and throw with me to get better. I can tell if he puts his mind to it he will be both a great player and a great person. After my time is done at Saint Joe I hope he leads this team the way I know he can. He has an extremely bright future and I hope he fulfills every bit of his potential. Then it will be his turn to teach our youngest brother, Quentin, what Saint Joe Football is all about.
I want to thank all of the coaches I ever had at Saint Joe. Thank you for making me the man I am today. I want to thank Coach Whitten for believing in and trusting me to take this team and lead it. I also want to thank Coach Teegarden for believing in me and teaching me everything there is to know about the quarterback position.
Now I want to thank some teammates for showing me the way. I want to thank my offensive line for keeping me safe and always making me look good. I want to thank Evan Price for helping me throughout the last year when your season got cut short. I knew I could go and talk to you anytime in the game. I want to thank Ashton Ruszkowski for showing me the way of being THE quarterback. You were a great leader and worked very hard, and you truly showed me what it took to be the quarterback. I want to thank John Driscoll for believing in me last year and being a great role model to me. I also want to thank Patrick Driscoll for catching [almost] all my passes and trusting in me. Lastly, I want to thank my brother ever since second grade, Asante Anglin. We used to dream about playing football for Saint Joe and now the dream came true. He pushed me to be the best I can be and I thank him for that. Now it is time to run it up one more time and make dreams come true!
To my parents: I cannot thank you two enough for everything you have done. Thank you for letting [making] me go to Saint Joe! It has been the best time of my life and I owe that all to you. Thanks for all the time you have spent getting me to practices and going to all of my games. I can never thank you two enough for everything. I love you both.
During these tough times I have been trying my best to stay active and keep getting better. I am lucky to have brothers that are willing to work with me (thanks Patrick, Jimmy, Tommy, and Quentin!). We have been going to the park down the street from our house to run routes and work on footwork. We have been running and biking miles around the track.
With school being out and our semester on eLearning I thought I would add about that: I like not waking up early, but I do miss my friends as well as my teachers. I realize I would much rather be in school. I hope everyone stays safe, and God Bless!