High School and College Football
Since middle school, I have been playing the game of football, and I’ve loved it ever since. Being a bigger kid, I always have played the offensive line and defensive line positions. These positions require the actions of blocking and tackling. I enjoyed blocking and tackling so playing the game was very fun for me. Throughout the years I have enjoyed working hard to make my performance better. Countless hours of practicing and lifting weights have been a big part of my life. This game requires a lot of dedication, which is why I love it. When I reached the college football level I received a huge awakening. The differences between the two levels helped me learn more about the game of football.
High school football in small towns like mine is a big deal. While I was growing up in Hugoton, Kansas, a town of about of about 4,000 people, the community was very supportive. Many people in my community knew me because I was a standout in football. I was a captain my senior year of high school, so I received the opportunity to help lead my team. At games and at practice, I tried to the of my best ability to motivate the younger players on my team to give it all they had. As a role player, I was expected to make big plays in the game. To an offensive and defensive lineman, big plays consist of making big time blocks for my team and getting off block to make tackles. My team and coaches relied on me to do so. I loved
the “close net” community my town had, because they were so supportive throughout my years there.
Nonetheless, weightlifting and training in most high school programs is a big part of the game, more than it has been in the past. In my high school, we lifted weights all through the summer, which “catered” the players who wanted to get better. We also lifted weights throughout the school year because my school offered a weightlifting class as an elective. Many kids did not take weightlifting seriously in...
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