THE REALITY OF FOOTBALL
Through the eyes of a young boy or a high school recruit, college football appears to be the single
greatest thing on Earth. What they do not see is all the work that is put into the sport; all that they see
is the glory of playing in front of the nation. There is a lot more behind the fame and fun.
It is a big wake up call when you arrive at football camp and realize that the next four to five years of
your life are going to be very physically and mentally demanding. College football is going to be your
life filled with meetings, practices, lifting, and running. There will be a lot of blood, sweat and tears
before you even set foot on the playing field. Just about all newcomers, at one time or another
contemplates quitting football.
High school football is the best. The sad thing is that players do not realize that until they are in
college. Colleges recruit the top players around the nation in an attempt to get a commitment from
them to play for their school. Being a recruit is one of the most exciting times of a young athlete’s
life. All you see, all they want you to see, is the good side to college football. You think it is all fun and
games; that it will be a lot easier than playing for your high school. Little do you realize that there is a
lot of hard work and long days ahead of you.
As a recruit, I looked forward to playing at Northern Arizona University very much. My recruiting
trip was great; they gave me a host, which is one of the players, and they took me out to a basketball
game and then out to the clubs to meet some of the players and hopefully some girls. So, obviously, I
was ready to come to school here and have a great time. Now, I am not saying I have not had a great
time, but I have put in a lot more work than I expected. During football camp, at the beginning of the
year, the team would have two practices a day along with position meetings...