Gray-Charles Chargers c. 1974-75
As a kid growing up in the Gray Manor neighborhood of Dundalk, I was a typical boy that was attracted to and liked sports. Back in those days, we had "REAL" childhood heroes like "Brooks Robinson & Johnny Unitas." So I became involved in my local recreation council's programs hoping to someday be like them. I would eventually play baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestled for local teams. I began my football career with the Pop Warner Football League at the age of 8. I played for the Gray-Charles Chargers and had some great coaches over the years but a few that come to mind are Mr. Zeke Fleming, Mr. Bob Jones, and Mr. Tim Latanishen. I did very well over the course of my junior league career and by the time I was preparing to enter high school, I was fortuante enough to have been selected to the regions "Youth All-Stars Football Team" as a running back. Eventually I was accepted to Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore and subsequently played the next four years with them under Coaches Patry, Targarona, and Della Monica. In my Junior & Senior years, I was selected by the local newspapers, the News American & Sunpapers as "Athlete of the Week" for some of my accomplishments on the field with the Curley Friars. During my four years at Curley, we had some of the best athletic teams to have played at the school winning numerous championships in our sports programs. During my Junior year, we had the honor of handing MSA powerhouse Calvert Hall its first loss in nearly 6 or 7 seasons. We beat them in our very first meeting in our very first season in the MSA "A" Conference at our Homecoming Game by a score of 21-20. I had a great time and played with a great group of teammates over the course of my football career both in Pop Warner and high school. Except for one season, I always wore number #21 throughout my entire career.
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