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Cumberland Valley linebacker Troy Collard makes the ultimate decision, will serve his country and play football for Air Force. @Tsc519 @CVHS_Football

Written by: on Thursday, June 24th, 2021

 

It’s always a pleasure for me to write about a player committing, and it’s even that much more special when they make the ultimate decision to give at least the first part of their adult lives to a service academy. Troy Collard made that decision this week and announced he’ll be attending the Air Force Academy to study management and play football.  He made his decision known on twitter Wednesday night.

Collard says  “I’ve always wanted to go to an academy to serve my country and I also have always wanted to be a pilot. Also, in-n-out is across the street” about why he committed to the Falcons. He’s also very familiar with military life as his “great grandpa was in the navy, grandpa was in the army, my dad is a colonel in the army, my brother goes to West Point, my other brother is doing ROTC at MIT, and my cousin just graduated from West Point.” (We thank the entire Collard family for their service to our country).

It was coaches Curome Cox and Alex Means that recruited the 6-3, 230 pound linebacker. As soon as they offered him Air Force moved to the top of his list and he says after he visited he ” just knew it was the right place” for for him. He’s looking forward to “playing high level football for great coaches that know what they’re doing.

Collard says his recruiting process was slow to start but really picked up after his first offer from Pennsylvania University. His parents “supported me throughout the whole process and raised me right to know how important serving our country is and the brotherhood being in the military provides” and says his dad and older brother were his biggest influences throughout his 11 years playing football. As he heads into his senior year for the Eagles, he’d like everyone to know that he “loves Jesus and his country, Go Falcons”

 A little more about the incoming senior

Troy Collard
Cumberland Valley
Jersey # 4
Other sports: Basketball
Twitter @Tsc519

What are your goals for this coming season?
Win a lot of games

What is your favorite Pro team, any sport?
Seattle Seahawks

What game, yours, college or pro, was your favorite game and why?
Game 7 2016 NBA finals

Who is your mentor, the person you want to be like?
My dad and brothers

Name a sport you’d love to play but can’t:
Lacrosse or Hockey

Is there anyone in your family, besides your parents, you could consider your biggest fan? Who, Why?
My brothers because they are my best friends and are always there for me

When you aren’t playing, practicing or training for sports, what is your go to activity and why?
Hiking because I like the outdoors

What scares you the most?
Disappointing loved ones

Music of choice:
Country

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