By: David Norris, Spider Football redshirt sophomore
Making a decision of where I would play college football was hard enough the first time, let alone having to make that decision twice.
I never thought I would hear the words ‘we are canceling the football program.’ The rumors started to spread in the week leading up to the announcement, no one wanted to believe the rumors could in fact be true. However, it was official, they were canceling UAB’s football program.
At the time I was making my decision on which school to attend and play for, UAB was on the top of my list – it was an added bonus that I would be about an hour away from home. I ended up redshirting my freshman year and after the season came to a close, I was looking forward to the opportunity to continue to work on my game so that I could work into an important role in the 2015-16 season. However I wouldn’t get that opportunity at UAB.
The day of the announcement, we were called into a team meeting rather than our scheduled lift. I kind of knew at that point. As soon as the announcement was made it was like the floor fell out. It was a weird, uncertain feeling not knowing what was going to happen.
In a span of a week, I went from talking about next season and going to workouts with my teammates to wondering where I was going to go next.
We all received calls that there would be a combine where other coaches would be in attendance, so I went. I ran a couple drills and ran a 40. Afterwards, I was introduced to Richmond for the first time when Coach McCorkle and I talked.
I went to work doing research on all the schools that had showed interest in me. The balance between football and academics that Richmond provided me was very appealing and I knew I wanted to take a visit.
A couple weeks later, when we were on Christmas break, I came to campus and that was it, I was sold. I knew I wanted to be a Richmond Spider.
Two years later, I look back and can say that everything happens for a reason, sometimes you just have to learn how to go with it and know it’ll all work out in the end.
I am at a school that not only challenges me in the game of football, but also in the classroom, preparing me for the next stage of my life. I’m thankful for this opportunity that Richmond has given me and am proud to call myself a Spider.