Lebanon Missouri is a football town, they strive off of football. I always remember when I was little going to the high school football games and being so amazed at how many people were there to watch high school football. Football in Lebanon was way more than a sport, it was like a second religion. So growing up it was always a big thing to play football. My football “Career” started out in mighty might football.
I never thought that I would become a kicker I thought that was the pretty boy position on the football team, little did I know that was my ticket to a college football career. I had an average freshmen season, but what do you expect from a freshmen kicker? Most teams at the freshmen level don’t even have a guy that can kick at all. I thought that I was the “man.” By the time that my sophomore football season rolled around I was a much-improved kicker, I worked out mostly everyday all summer long with my cousin who was a pro recruit at the time, he was the one who really taught me what you really needed to know about kicking. All summer we worked on my technique and accuracy.
But I do know that with football, my life became much easier and a lot more fun. I stopped playing football my sophomore year of high school, but I transferred my confidence on the football field to confidence on the basketball court. I had a varsity letter in high school basketball, as well as one more in track and field. Everything went my way. I cannot even imagine where I would be today without my middle school football days.
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.
Conor would've been better, too, if the linemen, such as myself, had skill as well as endurance. There's a picture in the yearbook from that season that makes me feel like a loser every time I see it--Conor's charging through the line, and I'm on my feet with my knees bent and no one to block, my guy diving for the tackle. Man, I really handled him. Maybe things will change after I graduate, but sometimes I feel like I never deserved to keep playing, that I never would have been good enough to have any real confidence in my ability. But then I go to a Friday night varsity game and the stands are on their feet as the team charges onto the field under lights blazing against a solid black sky and I think, that could be me out there jumping around, pulse racing, hollering.
Not only his parents, but the players, and the coaches noticed that the harder Walter works he could go far. When he was 7 coaches noticed that he was soon to be a football star. In his teen years he was not only in football, but boy scouts, he was also in the choir at church, and in the marching band at his church. As much as he liked playing football, school came first, he spent many times reading books, and studying. In Jr. High Walter didn’t really want to play football, he usually went to his brothers games and practices.
I started playing football in middle school and I was honestly one of the best decisions I have made. The one memory that sticks out from middle school football would have to be my 7th grade year my first year playing, I joined in half way through the season with that thriving passion of wanting to get all the girls attention and be like those high school football players. But it did not really happen like that I would wear my jersey to school for home games and it looked like I was getting ready to go to prom, And I was not the guy. I really only got to play one play my 7th grade year there were a few reasons to that I was 4”11 and very skinny and sadly even though I thought my brain was massive they could not find a helmet that would fit
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.
Tom, a friend of mine from high school, together we had a great time maybe because we were seniors. In the past seasons, we didn’t have as much fun, going to practice was like going for a punishment especially during conditioning where we had to run for hours and do all sots of drills. With a little fun we turned this the other way round and had the best senior football season. During practice me and Tom, who were both wide receivers just kept on telling jokes which the coaches didn’t like so much but they let it go because we also competed against each other in the process, like whenever we run plays, we would see who could do it faster and more agile, we also had to catch the ball. Some times we pulled off one handed catches just to gain more points.