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Football is Life

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Football is Life

It all started when I was about three years old when my good friend Anthony Williams and I became friends when he ran his bike into my sand box. Football has been an event in my life since I was three years old and it still is today. “The key to life is not what life gives to you but what you take from life. It’s not how life treats you but how you treat life. You have a choice in life. You can either thrive or survive.”_ Coach London. Football has made me into the person I am today, hard working, and determined.

Football started for me when I was three years old. My best friend’s dad was the defensive coordinator for our local high-school team. Football players were always at his house and we were always watching game film. When Anthony and I were old enough to go to school we would go to the practices after school for a few hours, playing, and riding on the sleds as the football players pushed them around. When Anthony and I were about five years old Anthony’s dad gave us some old High-school jersey’s, pads, and helmets. This is when Football started to become a necessity in our lives. One day Coach Williams took Anthony and me to practice and let us tackle the football players. We thought we were something else. Every Friday night Anthony and I were at the football games on the sidelines getting water and tees for the football team. All of our friends were playing football at the end of the end-zone. But Anthony and I were too busy watching the game and doing things for the team. This went on for a number of years until we were in the seventh grade.

In seventh grade football really started. In Pinetop we did not have a pewee league for football. Junior high is when school sponsored football started...

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.... But I never gave up because I knew I would be a better person if I kept my head high. I over came my weakness.

My senior year the off-season went great. The season did not go as well as I wanted it to go. We ended up eight and three. I planed on trying to walk on the NAU football team but in the off season I dislocated my shoulder and tore a tendon in my knee. Now that I am all healed, I will start winter workouts with NAU.

In every Football camp, every workout, every practice, every game I became more confident of whom I was becoming. After all the drawbacks I encountered I never gave up and I will still continue to never give up. Football is life but the ironic thing is my life was formed by football. I will never forget the people who helped me become who I am today especially my football coaches and a few of our loyal fans at Blue Ridge High school.
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