October 19, 2010
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My athletic career began at birth, with a God-given natural ability and like many children, playing ball with my dad.
At age 8, I won my first athletic competition: the traditional Punt, Pass and Kick at the local Ford dealership. In the following years; I won, placed, or showed in that competition until my eligibility expired.
In grade school, I excelled in virtually every sport: football, basketball, baseball and track and field; I also participated in intramural volleyball, wrestling, golf, tennis, and even dodge ball and bowling; rolling my first 200-game (201) as a 13-year-old. In High School, I earned a total of 12 letters, playing football (center, receiver, punter, and safety), basketball (center, forward, and guard), baseball (first base) and running track and field (long jump and triple jump; at one point, breaking the school record).
In my senior seasons; I made multiple All-Area football teams and lead my area (63 schools) in receiving. In basketball, I made the league All-Star team, and in baseball led my team in batting and fielding. I turned down regional football scholarship offers and an opportunity to play basketball and Minor League baseball to attend a local junior college.
At Hudson Valley Community College, I played football (receiver) before being injured in my first game as a starter. I also played baseball (first base), hitting a homerun in my first collegiate at-bat before becoming injured.
At the University of Miami, I "walked-on" (tight-end and wide-receiver) for Head Coach, Howard Schnellenberger before missing a season due to the death of my mother. I then "walked-on" again, for the National Champion Miami Hurricanes, playing for Head Coach Jimmy Johnson and coaches Butch Davis and Marc Trestman; and with Heisman Trophy winner, Vinny Testeverde; and Hall-of-Famers Jim Kelly and Michael Irvin. Ultimately, I earned a scholarship before being declared ineligible. I then played two seasons of Semi-Pro football.
My playing days ended with an injury during a try-out for the Anaheim, California Arena Football team. I attribute any athletic achievements I may have had or will have to Almighty God, genetics and practice.