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By: Jacqueline Saucedo

            Anthony Perales, a high school senior has been playing football since he was just three years old. He is #53 on the field and is one of the varsity captains. When asked why he started playing football he admitted, “I did not really have an option, I was put into the sport at a young age and it just stuck. Now it is a routine.” His father has been his motivation to continue playing the sport and staying passionate. He shared that his father has been to every single one of the games he has played since his freshman year, which is a big commitment.

            Anthony looks up to professional football player Derek Carr because of the impact he has had on the Oakland Raiders since he joined the NFL. He shared that the team hardly won any games prior but when Carr joined as a rookie he changed the program. Although Anthony’s own football career will end with high school he said, “Football has impacted my life by making me a better person inside and outside of school.” He has definitely enjoyed his years playing this sport and feels that high school would not be the same without the joy it has brought to his life. The sport has allowed him to grow as an individual and helped him gain confidence.

            Aside from loving the sport, it has taught Anthony several lessons. He learned, “not everything in life is easy or free and that you really have to take the time to do something right.” You must sacrifice today for what is to come tomorrow and he says that whatever profession one pursues we must aim to be the best at it. Football is a sport where one is required to work hard. Practice is where you bond teammates. He also shares that the bus rides from away games are the best because whether they win or lose it feels like you’re riding with family.