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|Primary Position||Defensive Tackle|
|Secondary Positions||OT, OG, DE|
|Bench Press (max)||Vertical jump||Wingspan|
I had missed my entire junior year of football because of an ACL reconstruction. My goal was to play defensive end in high school, but when they needed me to step in to play on the line for the year I jumped in on the opportunity. I originally began as just an offensive tackle, but when injuries occurred to a teammate I stepped in as a defensive tackle. I was excited to step in and just play, and that is all I wanted to do ever since I missed my junior year. I just wanted to get out there and play and when I was given the chance to play I took that chance and became a starting tackle/guard in every single game of my senior year.
On the field I am very passionate about my teammates and my coaching staff. I want everyone out there, regardless of their role, to give one-hundred percent in everything they can do. Even if your role is to just watch on the sidelines, I would tell my teammates to fire up and support their fellow team members out on the field. I would want them to yell and support their teammates and to also help whenever there is trouble with communication. I was a leader through how I conducted myself on the field, and that was to never put anyone down, but to help pick them up when they were having a bad day and to let them know that as long as they kept giving it their all no matter what they would succeed.
Off the field I did my best to show that the saying is in fact true, "you are a student first and an athlete second." I conducted myself in the halls as I did on the field, and that was by helping people out whenever they needed someone to talk to or just someone to listen. I also did my best to keep my grades up and because of that I never was ineligible once throughout my high school career. It is important to be someone that both your teammates and the rest of your school can trust.
I do my best to eat well and exercise often. I am always aiming to push myself in various ways, whether it is to get one more rep., five more pounds, or to shave half a second off a time. It was hard for me at first to adjust after having my ACL reconstructed, but I soon worked my way back into working out on a daily routine and wanting to become better more and more every single day.
I have been involved in many different community activities throughout my high school career. I did a lot of services through sports that helped our community in many ways, such as helping to take out and put in the docks on the cloverleaf lakes, moving books at the public library, or even painting windows at a children's hospital with my art class. These efforts are important to me because they have not only helped give back to the community that I live in, but it also helps to build character and defines who a person really is. There is a difference between wanting to do certain community activities and just doing them. Just doing them through an activity because it's required doesn't give that feeling of satisfaction of knowing you made someones day a lot easier and because of that it will lead to a lot of other people feeling better too. These efforts are important to me because I enjoy giving back to the people who have given me the opportunities to succeed.
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