Growing up in Santa Ana, CA , playing Pop Warner tackle football was something I wanted to do more than anything else. The normal routine every summer in the 4th and 5th grade was for all of my friends to prepare for Pop Warner tackle football. Fearing that the injures playing in Pop Warner tackle football could potentially cut my athletic career short, my mom only allowed me to play flag football and street football until I made it to high school. I can proudly say “THANK YOU MOM” for having the wisdom and foresight to keep me focused on developing my God given football skills without participating in tackle football at such a young age.
My first experience playing tackle football was my freshman year in high school where I was allowed to hone in on the talent God gave me. I ended up starting on the varsity football team three years in a row playing virtually every position: defensive back, receiver, punter, running back, and quarterback, excluding offensive & defensive line.
The passion and talent I had for football allowed me to receive a football scholarship to Arizona State University. One Rose Bowl Championship, one Freedom Bowl Championship, and one Holiday Bowl appearance would follow from 1984 to 1988. Becoming team captain of the ASU team in 1988, being the youngest starter at 19 years old in the 1987 Rose Bowl Championship game and graduating from ASU in 1988 are fond memories I will cherish forever.