Hey guys, This is Nazar here in Eastvale, California. In fact I’m at Roosevelt High School. I’m about to interview five of the senior varsity football players and can’t wait to tell you their story. I’m interviewing Andy Koch, Chase Williams, Jeremy Moussa, Michael Macdonald, and Lionel Masivi. All right guys, they’re right in this room here so I’m super excited to be able to go inside and interview them. So come on follow me. Let’s go.
My name’s Any Koch, I’m 17, I played football at Roosevelt for the past four years. And I play defensive end and offensive tackle.
Awesome. We’ll go to Chase.
My name is Chase Williams, I’m 17 years old. I played for Roosevelt all four years and I play wide receiver and DB.
Hi my name is Jeremy Moussa, 17 years old. I played football at Roosevelt for the last four years and I play quarterback.
Quarterback, nice. Michael.
My name is Michael Macdonald. I’m 17 years old. I play linebacker. I’ve been playing here at Roosevelt for four years. I suited up as a freshman. Starting since my sophomore year. I also play rugby but I love football [laughing].
All right. Lionel.
My name is Lionel Masivi. I’m 17. I played for Roosevelt for four years.
So, you know, and tell us how long you’ve been playing football, when did you get in the sport? And then where are you going to play next?
I played flag football when I was six years old. I moved to Eastvale when I was six. And my neighbor three doors down, his name is Tre, his family got me into playing football. And so I wanted to start playing tackle football when I was seven, but they said I was too young. So I started playing when I was eight. And then I’ve been playing ever since then. And it’s just been awesome. After high school I am committed to play football at Oregon State University.
I’ve been playing football since I was about nine years old. It kind of started because I was watching TV with my dad. And I was watching the Chargers play and that was back when they had LaDainian Tomlinson. So I was kind of watching him and I wanted to be a running back. Obviously it didn’t work out like that, but that’s kind just how it started and then ever since then I’ve been playing. I’ve, like, grew to love the sport. I’ve just putting in countless hours. I don’t know how many, I can’t even count, of just putting in to practice. And next year I’ll be playing at University of Nebraska.
My love of football started really young as well. I mean I always remember just running around the house with a football and my parents telling me just how I always begged to play. I started playing tackle football at seven. And then I’ve been playing ever since then. So it’s going on my 10th or 11th season. And I mean I’ve just had a love for this sport ever since I started playing. I used to play a whole bunch of sports when I was a little kid, but football stuck out for me just because of the fast paced nature of the game and the intensity and then I will be continuing my football career at the University of Hawaii next year.
I’ve been playing football since I was seven years old. I’m getting interest from colleges right now to play football at the next level. And I really have a passion for the sport.
My first year of playing football was my freshman year. And then it really stuck with me because my brother got me into playing football and he’s a senior, he just graduated from this school and he’s going to UCI. And then I just love — I love playing football and watching football because of the intensity and how fun it is. I play with my friends and stuff. And then I have a lot of interest from a lot of schools and I would love to play anywhere with a free education.
So for those that are watching right now can we share with them how many hours you guys think you guys have put into this sport.
It takes a lot of hours. A lot of countless hours. If you’re young and you’re thinking about playing the sport of football, I would say like if you really do love the game those hours will go by so quick. Time flies by so fast. I would just — if it feels like a long time to you then it’s not for you. But if you really love the game of football and it just time flies. Next thing you know you’re at the high school level, next thing you know you may be at your college level, you really love the game of football. And then, that’s — that’s when I would say you would stick with playing football.
OK, very good. Chase, what about you? You know, if you were to think about how many hours in dedication that, you know, of your time that’s needed, what would you say?
Countless. I probably can’t even count. Because I know I put in a lot of extra hours even during this season. Then right after a season, like once it ends, then I’m all ready training, practicing, almost every single day. So I’m always doing something to get myself better. And it gives you a lot of life lessons. Like it teaches you a lot. It teaches you discipline. It just it really helps you out with life especially through a family aspect. It gives you like a second family and a brotherhood. So I would advise you to really try that out if you’re really thinking about it. But if you’re going to be in it, you kind of have to go hard. It’s not a sport that you can just be lazy at. And especially not a sport that you can just go out in the field and just think you can just play. It’s not like that. There’s going to be other people working harder than you or just as hard. So that’s kind of just a way to explain it.
>> Very good. You know, Jeremy if I were to ask you Jeremy, has there been ever a time where you wanted to quit? And then why didn’t you quit?
>> I mean for me, I love the sport of football so much. There’s always going to be tough times, of course, life is tough, especially when you’re playing a sport like this but I never, ever thought about quitting because when I go out to practice everyday I mean I’m excited to be out there and I’m ready to go get after it. And then game time it’s more of a reward for all the work that you’ve put in. Practice for me, I mean if you’re not ready to go attack the day at practice and soak up all the knowledge that the coaches are trying to give to you and it’s more of just a drag and you don’t want to be here. Then like Andy said, football is not for you. Go try and find something else. Because if you’re not enjoying it all the hours that you spend out on the field and all the hours that you have put in, it’s not worth it by any means.
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>> And where do you guys see yourself in 10 years from now. So we’ll start with you Andy.
>> I mean, I would like to play in the NFL. I mean I think that would be pretty cool. It would be a nice experience. But if not I’m going to be set up, I’m gong to be a salesman like my dad. That really interests me. I like to be able to go out and explore, like meet new people, go to new places.
>> All right, Chase. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
>> I see myself in the NFL. I know I’m capable of doing it. But, you know, sometimes it doesn’t always work out like that. So my plan B will probably to go somewhere in the physical therapy area whether it’s athletic training, actual being, like, a physical therapist. Sometimes it could branch out to other things but that’s kind of where I see myself.
>> OK, very good. Jeremy.
>> Everyone who plays football and is going to a college level should have aspirations of hopefully going to NFL. So I mean that doesn’t end with me. I think that I could have the capability to go do that as well. But if that doesn’t work out because stuff always happens in life, take advantage of your education that you’re getting for free on scholarship and hopefully I can, and I’m going to try and do something in the sports medicine field. Something like physical therapy or orthopedic surgeon and that’s where I see myself in 10 years.
>> Very good. Michael?
>> I would also like to be in the NFL, that’s the dream. If not, I see my self being — having a career like in engineering. I like building stuff.
>> OK, very good. Awesome. Lionel.
>> I would like to go to NFL, but if it doesn’t happen I see myself in like engineering like my dad or sports medicine.
>> OK. It’s one of those two there. All right very good.
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