Freshmen year was a rude awakening of what I was getting myself into. Coach Smolder was the toughest coach I have ever had. Our first day of practice we had to run 66, 40 yard sprints and I did all that just to start kickoff return on a 7-3 playoff football team, but I was the only freshmen to start. Sophomore year came around and it was a great learning experience because I started offensive line and played over ¾ of the game at defensive end which was weird because I’ve always played middle linebacker. I suppose everyone was in a sophomore slump because that year we were mediocre, going 5-5, but I was the only sophomore to play and I even picked up a fumble and ran it in for a 43 yard touchdown, it was our best game if the year.
the drills were much harder than I was used too, and I got very confused easily for what I was supposed to do. After some more practices, I started doubting the skill I had because of the drills and plays we did. From that day forward, I realized that you learn from the tiny mistakes and all you can do to get better was to never give up, even if you weren't the best at something. I challenged myself to try my hardest at practice, and after a while I finally understood more plays and drills thanks to some practice and my very supportive teammates. Throughout the season, I learned that you should NEVER give up on what you love to do, and that you should always challenge yourself to get better by practicing or asking for some
As a young boy realizing this was not the most motivating thing. It really makes you think about what is important to you. I can still remember the way that my life was changed by sports. As a young child, my whole life revolved around basketball, watching it, playing it, and talking about it. Every year for my birthday, my family would give me a jersey of the newest player on the Celtics.
Bob said during the interview “if there was three pointers back then I would of scored 20 points a quarter.” “I was the go to guy and the coach wanted the ball in my hands cause he knew that I could score the ball.” Bob 's childhood days were much different than it is for kids now. Most kids nowadays don 't know what to do without an internet or
b) I am for the most part happy about my self image. Yes I know I need to lose a few pounds here and there but compared to what is really important to me, self-image is a very little worry. I also tend to hate being so tall but there are also its advantages. I very much like my personality. It is what makes me my unique self.
This game increased my confidence since I knew what my capability was. Even though I lacked some essentials, it was clear greatness was achievable for everyone. My disposition was to go out and achieve it. This game showed myself, and many people watching how versatile of an athlete I was. Being able to move the way I did opened many doors for me and as I continue to keep this memory as motivation, it will create plenty opportunities for me later in life.
I could hear voices, but I could not articulate any words. I ignored the pull of gravity and the screaming of my body and lunged forward. All the while the only thought I could produce was, “Why am I doing this?” I started cross-country freshman year. In middle school, I had played on the school football team. But being 5 foot 5 inches tall and ninety pounds, did not really equate to football.
Being a NCAA Division II athlete during my time at American International College was blessing in disguise for me. Many people do not look at Division II college athletes in the same light as Division I athletes. Interestingly enough, unlike Division III college athletes, DII are held to the same standards and rules as Division I. We have to maintain a certain GPA, we cannot work more than 10 hours a week, we are drug tested on a monthly basis, and we endure two-a-days on a daily basis. Going into college, athletics were always first priority to me; but after being a regular starter on my soccer team entering my junior year, my priorities were completely reversed.
While it was tough, I persevered and worked everyday to improve my skill in order to become a starter and play all the way around. My goal was achieved by the end of the season and with that, I also moved up a team in my club. Even though I was alreading improving, I still worked harder because I wanted to be the best setter in the club. The next year I tried out, I moved up a team but I was moved to a different position. I was devastated, all that work just thrown out the window.
To get started with running you have to be positive all the time and keep on working hard. To most people running is not considered a hefty sport. High school runner stereotyped as the skinny kids who do not deserve to be called athletes. Running is apparently not a sport because it does not
Even on games where I didn’t start, I was getting a lot of playing time. That really pushed me to be even better for my senior season. After my first season of varsity was over I felt even more motivated to get better. I started lifting weights almost every day, even if it meant I had to go to the gym at midnight and still go to school the next morning. The summer of my senior year all I did was either work or work out, I barely spent any time with my friends.