“On the line!”
It was 6 a.m., the sun hadn’t risen yet, most of our classmates were still asleep, but our freshmen class was on the line in the middle of Robins Stadium.
Looking back to those Freshmen Fridays, it’s crazy to think about how quick the past four years have gone. All the road trips, the early morning workouts, the spring practices, the film sessions, the freestyle raps, all those memories are entering the final chapter of my career at Richmond.
As I enter my final spring, I do so as a scholarship student-athlete at the University of Richmond.
Let me take that sentence in.
Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be a part of a team. Working together in a group to accomplish a common goal, there’s no better feeling. That’s why I want to pursue a career in the sales and marketing field. It’s what drives me.
My parents have instilled a work ethic in me from day one. Nothing is guaranteed, you have to earn everything in life. So when Coach Huesman sat across his desk and told me that he would be awarding me a scholarship for my final season as Spider.
All those hours put in by my parents driving me to the gym, games and practices. All those hours working with my teammates and coaches throughout the year. All those times that I wanted to quit, but was pushed to finish the drill. All those moments came rushing back to me.
I can’t describe the feeling that I experienced sitting in Coach Huesman’s office. There aren’t enough words in the English language to do it justice.
When you join a college football program, you join a group of brothers from all walks of life, from all areas of the country, from all backgrounds, you all have one common goal: to win.
That’s what this group of brothers has taught me. We would do anything for each other. It doesn’t matter if you’re the offense or defense or special teams, if you put on that Spider uniform, you’re part of our brotherhood.
It’s why we push each other, it’s why we get hype for each other, it’s why we are there for each other whenever we need someone.
This Spider uniform will forever be special to me. This program has taught me what it means to put your team before yourself and I’m excited to be lead this group towards our goal: a national championship.