It was July 23, 2012 where I had my first football practice. I tried out for Kappa Express. I was in complete shock because they had so much discipline and structure. One my first day of practice, I was nervous and I didn’t know what to expect. When I first got there, it was over 100 kids there. At the end of the practice, I was crying and I was out of breath because conditioning was horrible. I’ve never worked out that hard in my life.
During the next few days, I started to feel a little better about football because I somewhat got used to it. At the end of the week, A coach called my name. He said “Jaden can I talk to you for a second?” I said, “Yeah is it a problem?” He didn’t answer my question. We then started to walk and talk. I then knew something was wrong. The coach said “For your first time ever playing football you are doing really good, But we are a team that has to make cuts.” When I heard the coach say that, my hear just dropped.
I really thought that I had made the team. The coach then gave my mom a number for another team. That following Monday, I went to a different team that was practicing right behind my grandmother’s house. The really weird part about this team is that t he head coach worked with my mom, one of the assistance coaches was my “father’s” childhood best friend, and the other assistance coach was my cousin. At first I didn’t know who or what they were. They looked like a bunch of ghetto thugs who just stayed in trouble.
I felt good about this team because I knew right off the bat that we had team chemistry. When we had our first day of practice, I had go head up with a girl. I didn’t want to at first but then I decided to say “Oh well she signed up for this.” But then she was the one who ran me over. I felt so hurt when she did that. After she hit me I realized that I needed to build muscle. So the next practice, one of the coaches put as a lineman. I started to destroy everyone. My coach thought that was the perfect fit for me. The next day, I was told that I was going to be starting lineman. I felt thrilled because all of my hard work finally paid off.
Over the course of the season, I started to like this football thing. When it came down to the playoffs, we played the team that cut me Kappa Express. My teammates and I left our hearts and souls out on that field. We ended up loosing by one touchdown. I started crying because I actually thought we had a chance to win the MMYFL championship. In the end, I learned that not everything was given and you had to earn it.