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For four years, I had the incredible opportunity of playing Division I football for Syracuse University. Through my experiences as a student-athlete, I gained a valuable perspective on what it is like to compete at the highest level, having experienced some of the same things that the athletes I cover might be going through. As a result, I think my football career helped me tremendously as a journalist, as I feel I have the expertise necessary to get the best out of interviews with athletes and find stories where others won't.

Accomplishments

With Syracuse Football, I played slot receiver and served on special teams from the 2019-2022 season. I played key roles on the offensive and special teams scout teams all four years, helping our starters prepare for the looks they would see that week during the game. In 2022, I saw my first game action on October 1 against Wagner. I also was a seven-time SU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll selection, four-time Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll selection and four-time recipient of the SU Football Team Scholar Award for the highest GPA on the team.

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What I Learned

As a walk-on, I started from the bottom with Syracuse Football, which instilled in me a hard work ethic and a desire to constantly improve. I got little playing time throughout my four seasons, so I did everything I could to help the team get better behind the scenes. In turn, I believe that made me an ultimate team player, as I'm willing to step up for any task that needs to done to support my team. Finally, being a Division I football player, newspaper staff writer and full-time student made me learn how to manage my time and handle multiple tasks at once exceptionally well. While playing collegiate football was a dream of mine athletically, it benefited me tremendously off the field as well.

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