When tryouts started, it was explained to all of us that the coaches would run drills in order to gauge our individual skills, and then place us in specific position groups. After the drills, which I did exceptionally well in, Coach Jones placed me in the receivers group. He told me that I was extremely fast, and that I would make a good receiver. It felt so good, not only making the team, but being singled out by Coach Jones as one of the better players on the squad. Throughout the next couple of weeks, the Mandalay Wolverines held football practice every day after school from 2:45 until 5:00.
Battle High School was the football team to win state 5A high school football their first year of being established. Somehow our team Lebanon High School ended up under the lights with them the following year. Through the years of football, I gained some super good friends that I played football with. I would have never guessed that I would have gained so many good friends/brothers through a sport like football. Lebanon Missouri is a football town, they strive off of football.
I worked as hard as possible to get myself in shape for a better shot at getting the job. I was lifting and running ever morning so I could keep up with the guys at our football camp that year in SDSU. I knew camp in SDSU would be my time to show the coaches that I was ready to start. When the time came for SDSU camp I was extremely excited. I was not quite the starting spot yet because they were splitting my playing time evenly with Ryan McCabe.
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.
“Dad why can’t we play football today?” he asked. “Well its Sunday and you need to get your spiritual growth in, because what is going to happen when you are done playing football?” his father stated. Billy just shrugged off the comment because in his mind, he would never stop playing football. Billy continued to progress in his athletic ability becoming a standout athlete in Football as well as Basketball, In High school he chose to focus solely on football because it was the love of his life and he knew he could get a scholarship to play. He was an all-state running back four years in a row in high school and voted as one of the top high school recruits in the entire country.
He decided to pursue football and accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Notre Dame. Montana did not see much action until his sophomore season when he impressed his new coach in spring games before the regular season. He became the go-to guy late in the game during comeback situations. He led Notre Dame to two crucial comeback wins, including an incredible performance against Air Force that earned him the nickname “The Comeback Kid”---the nickname stuck to Montana for the rest of his career. He missed the entire 1976 season due to a separated shoulder but came back strong in 1977.
He loved all three sports, but soon figured out that football was his favorite and the one he was most serious about. When he was a freshman in high school he made the JV football team for Colonial High School, but due to other player injuries he was called up to play on the varsity team . His lucky break came during his freshman year while playing varsity.The Rutgers University coaches were watching recruiting film on a different player that played against Eric, but Eric was the one that got t... ... middle of paper ... ...all program.His No. 52 is displayed on the upper deck’s video box it hs 600 led lights and shines bright during the night games. Eric is also a part of the Rutgers Football radio broadcast team.
Then when I got older I played football in middle school at Acadian Middle and Lafayette Christian Academy. My first year playing running back was when I went to Acadian Middle. In my middle school years I was just the power back. Players, people, and even coaches all thought I could not have been a speed back. But, when I got to high school at Lafayette Christian Academy, I started showing a glimpse that I can be an overall line back.
During his senior year of high Lombardi won a football scholarship to St. Francis Prep School in Brooklyn (Philips, 2001). During his time at St. Francis Prep School Lombardi was not a very strong football player but was known for his dedication and hard work (Philips, 2001). After college Lombardi had a hard time settling and finding a job that he liked (Philips, 2001). Lombardi did everything from playing semipro football to trying to enlist in the Army (Philips, 2001). Five years after graduation Lombardi wanted to marry his girlfriend so he accepted a job at St. Cecilia High School teaching various subjects (Philips, 2001).
At County High School, football was king. If you were a guy and not a member of the football team then you were already behind in the popularity polls. I was not so much interested in the popularity battle but I did love sports, especially football. Sports kept me busy throughout my high school life. I played basketball, baseball, and football every year.