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Written by: Charlie DiPasqua on Monday, June 8th, 2020
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Why do you play football?
I fell in love with football because of the team dynamic around it. High school football is truly a special experience that I am very thankful to be a part of.
Who is your biggest role model and why?
My biggest role model will always be my grandfather, Jack Klotz. He is enshrined in the Delaware County Athletics Hall of Fame, and is a former NFL offensive lineman. However, his impact on the world went way outside of football. He was a pillar of his community, and always treated others with kindness. He changed countless lives through his work with charity, and his dedication as a father, teammate, husband, and coach.
How have you been preparing for the upcoming season during the pandemic?
I have had lots of time to prepare my game, and focus on every aspect that needs strengthening. I do speed and agility training four days a week, lift weights five days a week, and have found time for special areas of training such as balance and flexibility work.
What are your thoughts on last season?
I choose to view last season from two different perspectives. I am very proud of how the team outperformed many reporters’ predictions for our season. That was done with hard work and dedication. However, nobody on this team will ever be satisfied with a season in which we had four losses and were a first round playoff exit. I view last season as a stepping stone towards success this year.
How do you continue to build a culture with the underclassman?
As a returning captain, my goal from early on has been to make the younger guys feel welcome. Before the pandemic we were really starting to bond at practices, and even started going out to team lunches. Now, one thing we are doing to keep relationships with underclassmen is create a leadership council in which upperclassmen in the council have to keep tabs on the younger guys they are assigned to.
What are your expectations for the team this year?
Before the shutdown, I conducted a few players only meetings in which we discussed team goals. We talked a lot about creating a family culture and playing every snap for each other. However, at the end of the day, everyone’s goals boiled down to one thing. We want to put banners up in the gym.
Describe the atmosphere during a home game.
Home games at Marple Newtown are something I have had the pleasure of being able to encounter even since I was a little kid. We have great fans, an incredible student section, and without a dispute the best band you will ever hear.
Explain what your teammates mean to you.
My teammates are my favorite part about playing football. I think of them as my brothers, and would not change them for the world. My favorite part of the high school experience has been hanging out with my teammates at the JV games, or out at lunch after Saturday morning film sessions.
How do you support the other sports teams at your school?
I’m a Marple Newtown athletics superfan by any definition. I’ve been to multiple games for every sports team at the school. My favorite sport to attend has been either lacrosse, or girls volleyball on Friday afternoons in the fall, right before our games.
Who is your favorite athlete and why?
A few years ago, I wouldn’t have known the answer to this question. Then, I attended the Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl parade. There I watched a speech from pro bowl center Jason Kelce. Not only is his passion and ferocity with which he plays football exciting, but his leadership shines through constantly.
What is your favorite sports movie and why?
The “Blind Side” is my favorite sports movie. I think it is the most inspiring movie I have ever watched, and it shows how one person’s generosity and kindness can entirely change the course of another’s life.
When you are not playing, practicing or training for sports, what is your go to activity and why?
My favorite activity is playing wiffle ball with my friends. Our games get very competitive, and can last for hours. This has become our favorite activity over the years.
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