More Than Just a Game

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More than Just a Game
People often consider football as just a game or sport, but to others it’s not just a game or sport. Football has changed my life in many different ways. For the first time in my life, I was able to understand the concepts of life when joined the Independence High Football Team. It showed how I use to be an outsider to actually feeling part of something. I now have a totally different outlook on life.

When I enrolled into Independence High School I would considered myself as an outsider or a trouble maker. I was always getting into trouble every time I look up. The teachers at school couldn’t understand why I caused so much trouble. It wasn’t like I use to associate with a lot of people, so they knew it wasn’t just to impress friends or be a class clown. I made the honor roll every six weeks, so they knew I was an intelligent young man, but for some strange reason I was always getting into trouble. The last incident that I got into was a fight in the bathroom. The principal’s secretary didn’t know what else to do with me so they wanted to kick me out of school. When they walked back into the office they told me that a woman name Mrs. Stewart vouched for me and insisted that we keep you in school as long as you remain out of trouble and maintained a 2.0 G.P.A. My first thought was why would my English teacher Mrs. Stewart vouch for me if all I did was cause trouble in her class? When I went to her class the next day I asked her, “Why did you vouch for me?” Her response was, “I know you’re an intelligent young man, but you are headed down the wrong path. What I want you to do for me is find something positive you like and be a part of it.” I was always a sports fan, so I pursued my goal and that was to be a great football player.

On January 12, 2007 I tried out for the Independence High School football team. I only knew two players on the football team, Elroy Duncan and his cousin Johnny...
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