Blake Hodges

Blake Hodges

Football… This word can mean a lot to many different people, but for me it means the entire world. Ever since I was a young boy I have always had football in my life. I could remember every Saturday sitting on the sofa with my dad and brother just watching football all day, especially the Georgia games. When I was of age to play football for the first time I was so thrilled. I was finally able to take out my aggression on other people and not get in trouble for the act. My father and mother were my biggest supporters. I always heard my dad yelling from the stands "make a big play Blake, they need you out there." My father was my motivator, it was his goal to bring out my absolute best not only on the field, but in life as well. On the other hand my mother had a quite different role. She was the supporter. She was the one who washed all my smelly, sweaty clothes. She was the one that made positive I had water for every practice. Without my parents I would be completely lost in this large encompassing world. Many people think football is just a contact sport that makes young kids more violent and aggressive. This skewed perception of football is completely false; the game of football teaches young men responsibility, brotherhood, respect, victory and defeat. Throughout the years I have contributed the majority of my success, both on and off the field, to the life lessons and constructive criticism I received from my coaches. I made friends that will last a lifetime and memories that shall never be forgotten. I bled, sweat and cried on the football field. I know what it’s like to win and what it’s like to lose. In my eyes football is more than a two-syllable word, it’s more than a game it’s my life and always will be.