2017 AFGM AWARD WINNERS


Grade: Senior
Position: Wide Receiver, Punter, Defensive End, Line Backer

 

  • What is a good teammate?
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  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
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  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

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  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

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  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

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Grade: Senior
Position: Offensive Line (OL), Defensive Line (DL)

  • What is a good teammate?

Good teammates motivate each other and pick one another up in times of adversity. Teams rely on support, thus, if one does not give support then the fabric of the team is ruined. It is in the place of the Coaches to criticize, not the teammates, because it is the coaches’ job to ensure that the team functions properly. The teammate is not in the correct spot to criticize but they are rather in a position of being able to help one.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?

This season, the team truly felt like a family in a sense that everyone was included. In the locker room, every single person was included in the fabric of the team; for example, if the team wanted to go out for a team dinner, it did not matter if one was varsity or not, they were allowed or able to come enjoy that time with the team. Additionally, the family dynamic went beyond the locker room; the team supported each other in life. For example, many of the teammates that did not have rides home were able to get rides home from other teammates through mass coordination and communication between one another.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

In both November and December of 2016, I ran the Women’s Shelter Drive. The objective of this drive is to collect both supplies, such as toiletry items, and change for the Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton’s Women’s Shelter during the holiday season. Many of the women and their families in the shelter do not get the same privileges of the holiday season, such as gifts on Christmas morning, thus, I wanted to help give these people a blessed holiday season. After the collection of everything for the Women’s Shelter drive, I dropped it off at the Catholic Charities location; the women working there were genuinely so happy and grateful for everything I brought them. Seeing these women so happy for all my hardwork and contributions to their shelter was my favorite volunteer experience.


  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

During the winter of 2016 and spring of 2017, I did a football academy at a gym known as Team85. During the football academy, I had a coach known as Coach Chuck Morris. During a workout one night, Coach Chuck stopped the work out and brought us together as a group. He noticed we had become lazy in the workout; his advice was, “it is going to hurt and be hard no matter what, you might as well do it right.” This piece of advice stuck with me and I applied it to all aspects of life; for example, when I experience adversity in life, such as a difficult piece of homework to do, instead of not doing it to the best of my ability, I remember this quote and remember that not doing it to the best of my ability will not make it any easier. This is my favorite piece of advice from a coach.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” This quote by Abraham Lincoln is my favorite quote; it teaches the reader to understand that one should appreciate everyday of their life because not everyday is a given. This quote teaches one the importance of appreciation by emphasizing how one is not guaranteed a long life. At the end of the day, I exercise the idea of this quote by praying about both being thankful and for being given the gift of life.



Grade: Junior
Position: WR

  • What is a good teammate?

A good teammate is someone shows great leadership skills and lead by example. Also, someone who can get the team on the same page and help to encourage and left them know how to improve themselves to make them better.

  • What was special about for your high school team this season?

What special about this season is we turned our record around from being 3-7 to 8-2. We were very determined, focused, and disciplined. We played united.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience is my church has an annual Christmas Party for the community and I have had the pleasure of giving toys out the younger children and seeing the smiles on their faces.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best advice I have received from a coach (my dad) was to always stay hungry and always stay humble.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

My favorite scripture is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthen me.” Philippians 4:13

 

I just want to start off by saying “thank you”, for the opportunity for being able to receive this award. Now I would like to tell you how I became the young man I am today. Ever since I can remember my parents would always tell me “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” Another factor that helped to make an impression on me is the city of Camden. Ever since I was young I always dreamed about making it out and helping my community and the less fortunate. Treating others like I would like to be treated and the impression the city of Camden has left on me has been a factor in my development into a young man.


A major part of my life that I know that made me the young man that I am today is my faith and belief in Jesus Christ. When I was younger I wasn’t allowed to play football because I had a brain condition (Chiari malformation) and my doctor would not clear me, he said I will never be able to play the game I love. I did not let his words discourage though, I grew up hearing my Mom and Mommom always telling me God works miracles in many ways just trust him and pray. So day in and day out I would pray and I would tell my mom all the time “Mom I am going to play football one day.” Sure enough my prayers were answered I went to my neurologist and was cleared. I didn’t start playing football until my 7th grade year. That is when I started to understand “The Lord may not come when you want Him but He’s right on time, and I just want to thank him for blessing me.


I would also like to thank my parents for being on top of me and having me push through a lot of things it taught me a lot. My parents being on top of me and pushing me help me develop toughness and perseverance. These qualities came into play this past football season. I played with a fractured knuckle this season and possibly a labrum tear. I am currently in therapy for now to see if it gets better and if not I may have to get surgery on my shoulder. Some may wonder why would I play with those injuries but I made the decision as a young man to keep playing because I did not want to let my team down. I want people to see me and say if he can do it why can’t I. I want to show people it may be hard but just keep going on.


Lastly, I would like to say my dad plays a tremendous role in my life and molded me and showed me the ropes on how to be a man. When I was 11 years old my mom had to get rushed to the hospital on January 14, 2011 and had immediate brain surgery. She had to learn to walk, talk, comprehend, and was in therapy for two whole years. Then November 29, 2011, after the surgery my grandpa dies 23 days after my birthday. Seeing how my dad dealt with these two obstacles it showed me a whole lot. My dad did not only take care of me and my sister while my mom was recovering from brain surgery and grieving over his fathers’ death, he was doing all of these things while working, coaching, and going to school, which he graduated with a 3.4 gpa from Rutgers University. Currently, I have a 3.0 gpa but I am striving to get it higher because I know the importance of having an education. Watching my father while growing up has really helped make me the young man I am to this day.
Finally, I would like to give an enormous thanks to AFGM for coming out to our practices and speaking to us. You guys taught me some things I didn’t know also some things I needed to know. You guys have impacted my life big time as well and contributed to the person I am to this day as well.  

Grade: Senior
Position: TE/OL/DL

  • What is a good teammate?

A good teammate is someone who makes sacrifices for the greater good of the team.

  • What was special about for your high school team this season?

My team made the playoffs for the first time in over a decade and we're only getting better.

  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience is the sock drive we did this year. I liked setting it up and working with others; talking to the administration, promoting it and doing collections and it was for a great cause, socks for homeless across South Jersey.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best advice I've received from a coach is too do your job and fight for the people next to you because Football is the only sport where your brothers can get hurt if you don’t do your job.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

Psalms 91: 1-2
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,my God, in whom I trust.”


Just like in anything else God comes first. I'm Baptist Christian and I’ve attended First Baptist Church of Jericho my whole life and was raised through the church. I talk to God every day and allow him in every part of my life so I can be guided. I exemplify the A Few Good Men characteristic of academic-excellence by having a 3.6/4.0 GPA and a 1200 and the SAT exam. I knew that being a student-athlete the student always came first which is why I worked just as hard in the classroom as I did on the field. Also this year I was voted for and received the Brooks-Irvine Club Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for an offensive player in South Jersey. When it comes to team leadership I was in a position to put the team first instead of my own ambitions. I was an all-conference Tight-End last year and is my true position, but with a new coaching staff and not a lot of lineman I was asked to play Left Tackle and did so to help my team. Also, I was one of the team captains this year. I would strive to be a leader on and off the field and my team made the playoffs for the first time in several years this season. I exemplify the characteristic of community service by being a part of the Capital Health Hospital’s  summer volunteer program my freshman year of high school. Most recently I was able to participate in and help set up the A few Good Men sock drive that benefitted the homeless all across South Jersey. I actually get a good feeling from helping others and knowing that I benefited people around me in my community. All in all, Because of how I was raised and the hard work I put in on and off the field is how I feel I exemplify characteristics of a Good man.

Grade: Junior
Position: LB RB



  • What is a good teammate?
A good teammate is that guy who you know is always giving it every bit of what he has. He’s that guy you know is doing everything he can to win and who no matter what happens will be standing next to you to pick you up.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
Not much is really expected of us, and we love that. Every game we come in with nothing to lose. Every game we learned a little bit more about what it takes to win and just how good we can be. This idea and this winning mindset will carry on through all the future Eastern football players and I can’t wait to be apart of one more year before the next journey.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

Im not sure if it’s considered volunteering after you played there for 7 years, but doing the chains at the youth program is extremely humbling. Seeing where you once were will give you more gratitude then most things ever could

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

Play every down like it’s your last. You never know when this opportunity will end so you have to take every sprint, tough loss, and 4th down as if its your last.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

I am thankful for another day to do what I love

 

Grade: Senior
Position: RT/DT

  • What is a good teammate?
    A good teammate is someone who leads by example. They are someone who is willing to do what it takes for the good of the team, someone who realized that in football, team comes first and self comes second. They are someone who doesn’t put their head down when things go wrong, but instead encourages their teammates to do better the next time and when things go well realizes it because of the efforts of the team as a whole and not just the individual.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
    Our team had a lot of young players this year and after a rocky start that seemed to be unfixable, we came together as a team, made it to the playoffs and managed to be one overtime touchdown away from playing in the championship game. Our resiliency is what really stood out about my team this season.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience is the one our team does for Thanksgiving. We gather food items and assemble baskets to deliver to a day care center in time for Thanksgiving. The families who receive the baskets are so grateful and we get to stay to have lunch and read books with the kids. It feels really good to be able to give back to the community.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

We have something called the 24-hour rule on our team. What this means is that whether it be in football or in life, no matter how great or awful a game or other event is, a person gets 24 hours to either celebrate or lament, and then it’s back to focusing on what’s next and moving forward.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

My favorite quote is “Success is not owned. It’s leased, and rent is due every day.” J.J. Watt

 

Grade: Senior
Position: RB, CB


  • What is a good teammate?
To me a good teammate is someone who motivates his teammates to perform at their highest level. He provides support for his teammates and steps up when his teammates need him most. A good teammate is someone who leads by example and ultimately makes all of those around him better.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?

This season, our team at Pennsauken high school faced a great amount of adversity throughout the course of the season. What made this season special, however, was that although the season was a difficult one, each obstacle we endured turned our football team into an even stronger brotherhood. Rather than bash each other for the mistakes made during the game, we picked each other up and focused on making the next play.



  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience was feeding the homeless. During this time we provided food and drinks to those who weren't as fortunate. I find this to be my favorite volunteer experience because it was my first experience helping out the community. It was also the first time i experienced the great feeling of making someone else’s situation less difficult and making someone else feel as though someone cared about their well-being.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best advice I received from a coach was to take care of your responsibilities in the classroom because it will open up more opportunities than football will.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

“The difference between those who are successful and those who aren’t isn't a lack of skill but a lack of will” - Vince Lombardi

 

Grade: Junior
Position: Receiver, Safety, Punter

  • What is a good teammate?

A good teammate is someone who is dedicated to their team and sees each teammate as a brother to them. A good teammate is also coachable and willing to sacrifice for the good of the team. I’ve been playing with the same teammates since I was 6 years old, and I consider each of them my brothers.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?

This was probably the most challenging season for me since I started playing football, but in a lot of ways it was the most special. Because of low turnout (we started with 13 players in our summer camp), there was a good chance we weren’t going to have a team at all. The 13 of us stuck together during camp, and the school board decided we could play a Junior Varsity schedule. We knew we had no chance to play in the playoffs, yet we still went out and worked hard, and were joined by eight more teammates. We all continued to train, with our main goal to revive Pitman’s football program for the athletes younger than us. We knew there were going to be no Varsity letters, but the future of Pitman High School football was more important to all of us. I was proud to be a part of it.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience was organizing a fundraiser for Eric LeGrand, the former Rutgers linebacker paralyzed in a game against Army back in 2010. That fundraiser raised over one thousand three hundred dollars for the bELieve fund and his ongoing quest for a cure for spinal cord injuries. Meeting Eric at a Rutgers open practice was a thrill for me.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best advice I have received from a coach is that “it’s not about the size of the dog in the fight; it’s about the fight in the dog.” I’ve never been the biggest guy on the field, but I’ve never backed down from a challenge. I try to take that attitude with everything I do.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.”
As an athlete, I’ve had my share of wins and losses, but life is not about that. No matter what happens, my relationship with the Lord will carry me.  


Football for me is about more than just playing a game. It’s about brotherhood and sense of community. Football helped me develop a strong work ethic and a dedication to being the best student I can be. I’ve used the unique platform provided by football for philanthropy, and done my best to ensure the future of the game for players in town younger than me.

 

My favorite part of football is the brotherhood that comes with playing the game. I view teammates, opponents and players I looked up to as brothers. I’ve played my entire life with the same guys and see them as family, knowing they’ll always have my back. That extends to opponents I’ve gotten to know over the years. I try to play the game right, showing respect by helping someone up or tapping their helmet after a nice tackle. We may be opponents on the field but we’re all part of the same future.

 

One of my favorite experiences was raising money for paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand. I presented my idea to the Pitman Athletic Association, recruited business sponsors, designed and sold t-shirts, and held a Chick-Fil-A fundraiser. We raised $1,200 for Eric’s BELIEVE fund. I was invited to a Rutgers game, met Eric, and had dinner with coach Kyle Flood. It was great to see my football family come together to help one of our brothers.

 

Entering my junior year, Pitman had only thirteen players on the roster, but I wanted those younger than me to feel the same sense of brotherhood that I feel. The program was almost canceled, but the Board of Education opted for a junior varsity schedule. Even though there was no varsity, I recruited the younger grades even harder, focusing on growing the team for those below me. I felt if the program missed even one year, athletes would choose other fall sports and there could be no more Friday Night Lights at Davis Field. I remembered how I looked up to the high school players when I was younger, so I helped at midget football practice. Whether it was tying a 6-year-old’s cleats or helping a 14-year-old learn routes, they knew the high school players cared. Everyone deserves to feel the sense of family football provides.

 

Football helped me develop a work ethic that I carry off the field into the classroom. I’m taking seven academic classes, and I am an honor roll student. I scored an 1190 on PSAT, and am taking online courses to boost those scores. I plan on attending a four-year school to study architecture, urban planning, or product design. And though I may not play football in college, I’d like to volunteer as a coach in a local youth or high-school program.
Football is one of my true passions and I plan to not only bring the high school team back in Pitman, but do everything I can to ensure younger players can enjoy the game and grow the same ways I did.

Grade: N/A
Position: Slot Receiver

  • What is a good teammate?
A good teammate is player who’s a role model on and off the field. You perform past the highest standards that are set by your coaches and teachers to install that same mindset into your teammates. A good teammate makes sacrifices for the betterment of his team and will do anything to make sure his team succeeds. He puts the team first in every decision he makes whether it be in the classroom, on the field or even in the community. He will be a leader and in the process will also learn to follow. He will strive and do everything in his power to make sure every player is giving their maximum effort at all times. This guy will exemplify the true characteristics of a leader.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
The bond that was formed through the progression of the season was one that will forever live through us. We weren’t brothers by blood but became just that by choice. That was definitely a special moment for our team when we came to realization that no one could come between our brotherhood, but I honestly believe that was just the base of what was special about our team. Changing the culture of our program was hands down what was most special about the 2017 Red Devil football team. We set a trail of success for the future of our program.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

Going back to my old community in Burlington City and walking into Lumberton a community that welcomed me with open arms helping youth football players perfect their craft and mentoring them outside of the game was one of the greatest experiences I have encountered. Helping the youth football program in Burlington was a no brainer. I had no choice but to give back to the community that started my foundation of the game. Walking on the practice field of the Lumberton Hurricanes having the little kids approach me addressing me by my nickname “Mighty Mouse” was humorous yet an honor to be recognized by such young children who had seen me play in the previous season.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

Never be outworked. Never make excuses.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

“It’s not you holding you back, it’s who you think you're not” -Eric Thomas

 

Grade: Senior
Position: OL, DL

  • What is a good teammate?

A good teammate is someone who can help the team on and off the field


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?

Our seniors on the high school team this year were closer then just a team


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite experience is reconstructing the recess area for Union Valley Elementary school

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best advice i got was to not let my mistakes keep happening and learn from them.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

"Only thing we have to fear is fear itself"- Franklin Delano Roosevelt

 

Throughout my high school career, I have to tried to demonstrate the values the Few Good Men organization has shown to my school to the best of my ability. The most important thing for a student athlete is the student part so I have done my best to excel in the classroom. I have taken all honors classes and AP classes in high school and maintained a 3.9 GPA.I was also selected last year by my math teacher for a competition at Temple called the Owlympiad where schools from around the area brought their best math students and competed against each other. Along with that I have gotten a combined score of 1360 on the SAT’s. This year I was also selected for the Touchdown club of South Jersey All Academic Team. A leader also needs to give back to the community so I tried to do that as best as I could. Through the Few Good Men Organization I have volunteered at the Camden Food bank preparing meals for those in need. I have also participated in an Eagle Scout project in which we created a better recess area for a local Elementary school. Through the school I have volunteered at an annual Aim High 5k run every May for the past two years and intend to do it again this year. A great leader needs to show how he is a good teammate for his team so on the football field I tried to lead by example giving the younger players a path to follow. For our young offensive line I tried to teach them the plays and proper technique during practice and in the games. This year I was one of the Captains on the football team and did my best to lead the offensive line. Finally a leader need to show his worship to his faith so I have participated in one of the local churches, St. Charles Borromeo, since I was young. I attended CCD through the church and was confirmed in 8th grade. In 7th and 8th grade, I volunteered at a camp through the church to help the children have fun while learning about their religion. Now I attend the church regularly along with my family. All of this combined, I believe I exemplify the characteristics the Few Good Men organization has valued.

Grade: Senior
Position: S/WR

  • What is a good teammate?
    A good teammate to me is someone who never gives up on his team and leads by example. In a season there is a lot of adversity and tough times, and the person who is uplifting the team and continues to work hard is the best teammate to me.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
    We had a tough year this season. However, what was special about it to me was we had so many seniors on the team and through the tough times we never let each other give up or let up and we competed every game. Also, at the end of our junior season, our head coach was fired. We had to all start from scratch with a new head coach and although the results didn’t show it, the work we put in was admirable to me.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience is the work I do through Student Council with my school. We do this one event; the senior citizen prom. It is at a local nursery home and we dance and give prizes to old people and they all have a great time and it a nice thing to see and be involved with.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best advice I have ever received from a coach is to not worry and just play. This applied to me for on field experience and preparation. I would always worry about starting and being able to make an impact to a team, and he told me that if you are a talented player they will find a spot for you so just try your best and don’t stress. Also, worrying on the field already puts you at a disadvantage so do your best so live in the moment and just play.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

“To answer before listening — that is folly and shame.” Proverbs 18:13 (NIV)

 

To begin, I am very involved at my school and with my academics. I am involved in many clubs including an executive member of the school’s Student Council. I am also involved in DECA, which is a business club that involves regional and state competitions, and Junior Achievement which is a volunteer organization that allows students to teach life skills to students at local elementary schools. I am involved in other clubs at WTHS, however these are among the most impactful and important to me. I take my studies very seriously, I have a 4.0 GPA, 1320 sat score, and am 77 out of a very competitive 560 students at Washington Township. I have taken nothing but honors and AP classes in my high school career, taking 6 AP courses after my senior year. I have been accepted to 6 colleges, and I plan on attending the University of Delaware after graduation. I have received the honor of being selected for the National Honors Society at school, the All-Academic team with the touchdown club, and the great honor of being selected for this award by Coach Robinson.

 

Now, to the football field. I have played football for 14 years, since I was four years old and I have always had a love for the game of football. The teamwork that the game needs to be played with is unmatched and it builds a certain type of brotherhood that I would never give up. I always reach to be the best player, leader, and teammate I can be. I was elected a captain by my teammates this year, and I got to carry the flag onto the field before every game. This meant a lot to me. We had a tough season this year, and I always tried my hardest to pick up teammates when they struggled and when the team struggled. It is hard to find light in darkness and to come to practice every day when there is nothing left to play for. I was selected second team all-conference this year, however that piece of paper is not what I will get out of this season with my teammates. I will never forget the struggle, the adversity we overcame, and the brotherhood we created with each other. I am a catholic and I have made 4 of my 7 sacraments. I have always done my best to be a role model and make an impact in my community through my school, sports, and clubs.

Grade: Senior
Position: WR/DB

  • What is a good teammate?

A good teammate is one who values the meaning of a brotherhood.  This individual expresses this by making everyone accountable and come together to accomplish the task as one.

 

  • What was special about for your high school team this season?

 The one thing that was special my senior season, was how close everyone on the team was even through adversity we stood strong together.

 

  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite was the hoagie sale we did to raise money for families in need.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

 “Your talent doesn’t define the leader you are, your character does.” – Coach G

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote? 
  • “Your talent doesn’t define the leader you are, your character does.” – Coach G

 

I want to first thank A Few Good Men organization for being a positive support to me and the other 2017 award winners. It was truly a blessing for me and my teammates from the Williamstown High School football team to have the opportunity to interact and engage with the character coaches assigned to us this year. I am devoted to and rely upon my faith as a Christian in every aspect of my life. I currently attend the Perfecting Church in Washington Township, New Jersey and I enjoy the spiritual guidance and teaching by Pastor Kevin Brown.

 

In terms of community engagement, I’ve been fortunate during my time at Williamstown High School as a student-athlete, to have the chance to participate in activities such as the following: Helping Hands project to feed the needy, fundraising to assist military veterans travel to the Veteran’s War Museum in Washington, D.C., and collecting toys for less fortunate children around Christmas, and organizing a basketball game for the basketball team against teachers to raise money for cancer patients (which I enjoyed the most out of all the fundraising activities). Additionally, I have given back to my youth football organization, the Monroe Braves, by going to practices and demonstrating football drills, techniques, and talking to the younger players. In my community, my last name has some weight to it and I do nothing but keep up with expectations and sometimes exceed those expectations. 

 

As a student-athlete I strive to be well-rounded and get involved in other activities outside of football and track. For instance, I am in the Asian Awareness club along with one of my favorite teachers.  I am well respected and seen as a leader in Williamstown High School. Our principal, Mr. Johnson has called me to his office during this school year to ask for my opinion about certain students, or events, or if any improvements can be made. As a senior on the football team this year, I was nominated as one of the team captains and I received the 2nd highest votes.  The reason I received many votes was because of leadership that I showed both on and off the football field, especially to the underclassmen on the team who saw me as a role model.  My coaches considered me the guy that connected with all of the players on the team. I was the guy to get everyone going and motivated to continue their day and to finish strong in every aspect.  I’ve always tried my best to lead by example… Even on my off days, I tried my hardest to keep everyone motivated and to make sure no man was left behind during every practice lift, rep, you name it.  Further, it was a blessing to be nominated to represent my team on the first A Few Good Men Leadership Council.  Again, I am even more grateful to be selected as the winner for my school and I believe I have represented Williamstown well on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

 

Grade: N/A
Position: LB, SS


  • What is a good teammate?
A good teammate is a person that I know I can put my life on the line for and not have to think twice about. A person who gives there all into what they do.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
The thing that was most special about my high school team this year is that we were able to bring a group of people that didn’t really hang with each other or care about one another and turned them into a family.

  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience is when I helped the little panthers with their homework, and then later that week they were at the game and they came up to me very excited about me helping them with their homework.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

He told me to calm down relax and don’t try to do too much. Just take thing one at a time there no need for me to do anything different or force anything.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place and it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't how hard you hit; it's about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward. How much you can take, and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done. Now, if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth. But you gotta be willing to take the hit, and not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you are because of him, or her, or anybody. Cowards do that and that ain't you. You're better than that.” ~ Sylvester Stallone (Rocky Balboa)

 

Grade: Senior
Position: OLB/LG/DE

  • What is a good teammate?
    A good teammate is one who is able to provide uplift at all times to everyone even in a situation that is not positive. He also takes the time to mentor younger teammates by exhibiting positive drive and morals.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
    My team all came together to support our coach and each other during a very difficult time this year. Our faith never waivered. We stood together as men and a team to support our leader which ultimately produced a positive outcome.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience was working with my community’s Pee-Wee football team and teaching them better practice habits and how to break a huddle. I also enjoy feeding the homeless and helping with the Christmas party at my mother’s church for displaced families.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

Coach Carr advised me to maintain the same drive and determination at all times. It helps build character and consistency.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

Be on your guard; Stand firm in faith; Be encouraged; Be strong – Corinthians 16:13

 

I exhibit the characteristics that exemplify the AFGM characteristics because I am a true testament of how important it is to use your setbacks as stairs you climb to achieve your greatest comebacks.  The setback that changed my life was when I had to attend summer school for failing two classes in ninth grade. I was a kid in a new school trying to fit in and follow other children after moving to Philadelphia. My grandmother, who was the foundation of our family, had passed away in the spring of that year. I wanted to make the hurt of losing her go away. I made a very poor decision and decided that it was more important to be social rather than take my academic studies seriously. I have always maintained good grades and I thought that I could pass all my classes without putting forth a genuine effort. I procrastinated and didn't turn in two or three major assignments which resulted in me failing two courses. My mother, who is my greatest supporter, held me accountable for my actions. She insisted that I spend my almost my entire summer retaking the courses that I didn't take seriously during the school year.

 

While other children my age were enjoying their summer with a variety of activities, I had to wake up and walk to summer school each day. I decided to make the best of the situation and fully apply myself. I was surprised to find how interesting the courses were, and I learned things that I use in my everyday life now. I had failed Biology and Career Development. I actually discovered how much I like biology and its' concepts. I really benefited from the real-life experiences during the summer session for Career Development. I learned that I had a passion for caring for and mentoring others because I had to work in a hospital for the first half of summer session and a school for the second half. Those experiences helped me decide that I needed to be a leader instead of a follower. I discovered that I could feel included and impact others in a positive manner.

 

Because of that setback, I have dedicated my efforts to strive to be the best person that I can be. I am a leader in school and school related activities. I am captain of the school's football team and I enjoy providing uplift to my teammates. I excel academically, and I am accepted socially just as I am. I look forward to furthering my education so that I can continue to impact lives in a positive manner. I am a positive role model for my little sister. I make every attempt to give her insight on peer pressure and the importance of knowing and accepting who you are. My mother is extremely proud of me and continues to support me in all my endeavors. Most importantly, I am honoring my grandmother's vision to be a change agent in all walks of life. She was a Special Education teacher who empowered everyone that she encountered to be the best person they could be.

 

I am a Christian and attribute all the losses and gains that I have encountered during my life as a testimony of God’s love and His ability and willingness to love us through it all. He allowed me to make mistakes and continues to provide me with love and guidance to improve and use my experiences to make a difference in others’ lives. I aspire to be an educator. I have been blessed with a full academic scholarship to The College of New Jersey and I will also play on their football team. “Be on your guard; stand firm in faith; be courageous; be strong.” Corinthians 16:13

Grade: Senior
Position: TE, H-Back, WR, ML

  • What is a good teammate?
A good teammate is one who picks up his team in bad situations. Someone who not only leads the team on the football field, but in the classroom and the community. A good teammate is someone who sacrifices for his team and plays wherever he is needed. Being there for your team and doing whatever it takes to better the team, is a good teammate.


  • What was special about for your high school team this season?
This season, our team at Woodrow Wilson High School turned a lot of heads. For the last two years, we made the playoffs and lost first round. However, this year we advanced to the state championship. Things didn't turnout the way we wanted it to but we accomplished a goal of making it there. Through all the ups and downs throughout the team, we always found a way to peace things out. This season’s team was full of love and one big brotherhood.


  • What is your favorite volunteer experience?

My favorite volunteer experience was being apart of a mentoring program at a local elementary school. It was a group of young boys who was also interested in sports. They didn't really have positive role models at home, so being there for them felt great. Their faces of excitement and smiles shined through the roof when we would come. Being there for them and teaching them the right way to do things made me feel very good about myself.

 

  • What is the best advice you’ve received from a coach?

The best advice I received from a coach was that being a student comes before being a athlete. I was told that my talent wouldn't take me anywhere if I didn't do what I was supposed to do inside the classroom. After witnessing it happen to other talented players, that's when I realized I had some work to do. I haven't gotten anything but A’s on my report card since my sophomore year. School is something I take really serious now and if football doesn't take me anywhere, I know my grades will.

 

  • What is your favorite scripture/verse or quote?

Philippians 4:13 - “I can do all things through CHRIST who strengthens me.”

 

First of all, I want to express how serious I am about being a great teammate. I literally played anywhere and everywhere the team needed me. I never questioned anything, because I knew it was to better the team. This season I played Quarterback, Running Back, Fullback, H-Back, Slot Reciever, Wide Reciever, Tight End, Defensive Tackle, Middle Linebacker and Outside Linebacker. I also played special teams. I never complained about any situation and trusted in my coaches. I never let my team down by playing where they needed me. I showed an example to the young, upcoming players on how to lead the team. Not only on the football field, but in the classroom also. Grades and attendance is something I always talk to the them about besides football. For the last three years I've shown great leadership by working hard and encouraging all my teammates. There was not a time where I told one of my teammates they couldn't do something. I never had a problem of being accountable for someone else's mistake. Showing great leadership and being a good teammate will always be a number one priority.

 

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A Few Good Men is all about transforming our region’s student athletes into the total package. New Jersey has had the good fortune of seeing many of our state’s football players go on to college to play the game they love and some have even gone on to the professional ranks. But A Few Good Men is not satisfied with simply producing good players. We want New Jersey to be known for producing good men.

A Good Man is not only a football player; he is a leader; he is a student and an ambassador representing the character, values and way of life that when emulated by others, makes the world a better place. 


IN THE NEWS

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Events

 

  • Regional Pre-season Kick-off event. Our August kickoff event serves as the initial introduction of AFGM to the student athletes. By gathering teams together we are creating a community and movement that promotes character based leadership among this generation. The event breaks down barriers between rival schools/communities and establishes the common ground of being good men. The event includes:

    • Four NFL Player Engagement Prep Resources sessions (15 minutes) on:
    - Academic Success
    - Leadership
    - Time Management
    - Nutrition, Health & Wellness


• Parent session on recruiting
• BBQ
• Video of college football highlights
• Giveaways



 

Monthly team session at each school from SeptemberNovember. Utilizing the NFL Player Engagement Prep Resources as the foundation, AFGM volunteers lead a 30 minute monthly meetings with teams. We provide pizza, beverage and snacks while discussing (2) topics each month.
• September – Sportsmanship & Social media
• October – Decision Making & Stress Management
• November – Emotional Intelligence & Managing Relationship

Attend each team’s banquet in December to present AFGM award winners. The AFGM volunteers present each team’s AFGM award winner with a trophy during the team’s banquet. Through monthly self reporting, verified by coaches, the AFGM award winner will be selected based on the criteria of academic improvement, community service hours, personal conduct, and attendance at their local house of worship.

Quick Stat

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According to Bleacher Reports' April 2012 rankings of the top states for recruiting college football talent New Jersey is in the top 10 for the entire country at ninth overall.

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When you consider the fact that Pennsylvania comes in at 11, Ohio it's neighbor at 6th and New Jersey at 9th our region is a super hotbed.

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A 2011 study conducted by Business Insider shows the state of New Jersey as 6th in the nation for producing NFL talent with 61 players hailing from the Garden State 17 of those are from South Jersey.

We see our region’s local football teams as the perfect place to begin an entirely new trend. “South Jersey is the place to go if you want to recruit A Few Good Men -- men that are students, athletes and ambassadors representing the character, values and way of life that when emulated by others makes the world a better place!”

college board testing dates

 

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February 10, 2018
April 14, 2018
June 9, 2018
July 14, 2018

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March 10, 2018
May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018




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