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My Experience with Football

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For as long as I can remember football has been a part of my life in some way, shape, or form. When I was first born my grandfather said that I was solid and built to play football. I used to throw the football with my mother when I was a toddler and she always told me that when I tried to tackle her I hit really hard. My first organized football experience was when I was five. I had just moved to Manassas, VA from Washington, D.C. in 1994. It was around fall and that was right at the beginning of football season in the area. I remember telling my mother that I wanted to play, so she looked for a local organization for children. She came across the Greater Manassas Football League (GMFL) and that is where I began to play the game I love. I was only five at the time and the commissioner of the league said that I couldn’t play because my birthday fell after the cutoff date by a day. My mother looked into my eyes and saw how badly I wanted this so she convinced him to let me play. I was a member of the Bandits and I was the youngest on the team. However, I wasn’t concerned with the age issue because I was just happy to play. I was never intimidated because at that age everyone was just playing and having fun. My number was 52 and I played running back. My team was horrible, and that’s just an understatement, but I made a name for myself as a hard runner. I played in the GMFL for about five or six years and then moved onto another league which was slightly bigger the Prince William County Football League (PWCFL). In the PWCFL my position changed, I gained some weight and size so I moved to fullback and middle linebacker. My number changed also to 44, after John Riggens former running back for my favorite team the W... ... middle of paper ... ... average season. The next year my senior year went along the lines with my junior year. I got injured the first game with a separated shoulder. I continued to play the season despite the pain because you only have one chance at high school football and I wasn’t going to miss one play. We ended the season with another 5-5 record. Now this phase of my football career had ended and it was time to move on. I earned All-District honors for 3 straight years in high school, and All-Region once. Football was very rewarding for me not only through awards and accolades, but through the experiences and lesson that I learned. It helped me to be disciplined in my lifestyle and appreciate hard work. From a young boy wanting to play with all of the big kids, to now being one of those bug kids that other young boys look up to, football has made a positive impact on my life.
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