Jesse Trapp Research Paper

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Seeming to have a rather extensive rap sheet similar to Al Capone, Jesse Trapp led a lifestyle full of dangerous drug deals, hired hits, and other heinous crimes. Number 56’s playing days are long gone and certainly behind him, except when it comes to the “glorious” Coach Rake. Trash talk and verbal abuse are a few things Eddie Rake loved to dish out to his former players and Jesse. After signing with Miami for a big chunk of cash, Jesse was ridiculed when Rake found out (Grisham 26). Ben Franklin spoke a quote all too close to one for Messina’s beloved linebacker, saying, “Players must remember that the best victory was not over the opponent, but over oneself.” Addiction had not only consumed Jesse’s life, but it had taken his father’s (163). When Jesse started dealing in his college years, “He was kicked out of school…and barely escaped without jail time” (162). At this point in his life, Jesse, “could not be …show more content…

All previous Messina Spartans wore their green playing jerseys and were strategically seated in the stands; teams from each and every year, separate, but still close together. As Father McCabe began his speech, a commotion was happening near the front gate: “A giant of a man was walking bristly through the gate and onto the track. It was Jesse Trapp, with a prison guard at each elbow. He well was well dressed in perfectly pressed khaki pants and a shirt, prison issued, and the handcuffs had been removed” (197). Jesse entered the stadium with the signature Spartan strut, as he had years ago, while roaming the halls as a student long ago. His mom called out from the stand, and as quickly as he saw her, “He lunged for her…and hugged her tightly. She pulled out his green Messina jersey with his number, 56. Just as he positioned the jersey, the crowd stood and began applauding saying, ‘Welcome home, Jesse, we still love you’” (199). A warm welcome was the exact opposite of what he expected, but exactly what he

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