Are you ready for some football?
It’s time for a little roll call.
Media day for the college ranks has come and gone. The pros are in the throes of pre-season games.
The students will soon be heading back to school, which means the high school football season is just around the corner.
And there is nothing better than a well-groomed man or young man.
Groom up a football player in the way he should go and when he is older and makes it to the professional ranks, he will not depart from it. A fitting analogy taken from a very popular bible scripture, Proverbs 22:6, that discusses the training up of a child.
The Miami Dolphins are doing just that (grooming these young men for that next level in their careers).
And to kick things off for the young athletes, the Dolphins rolled out the red carpet to host South Florida high-school football teams in their very own Media Day.
The Dolphins invited schools in the Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties to participate in this its seventh annual Media Day at Hard Rock Stadium. Almost 100 schools attended.
It is often said that experience is the best teacher, well class was in session for these high school students.
And the lesson of the day was, there is more to football than just football. There is comradery. There is character development, so that players can become productive members of society. There is this culture thing that seems to be woven into the fabric of South Florida high school sports.
The athletes got a chance to walk through what they will be experiencing should they make it to the next level(s). From professional team and individual pictures to questions from the media to participating in community service projects, these teens were being groomed for that next step in their playing careers.
The student athletes participated in three-minute-drill press conferences –formatted with a head coach and three players. From there, players headed to the floor, where different media outlet were waiting to take their pictures and talk some x’s and o’s, rivalries, etc.
And at one of the booths for an up-and-coming film project called Football Film Fanatics they got a chance to show some of their personality beyond the statement-making hairdos and shoes on display for the day.
The teens were questioned about their favorite cereal, favorite music and their choice of Xbox or Madden. They even showed off some of their dance moves. In this day and age of social media, what teen doesn’t want to show off their personality? One teen boasted a meager 8,000 Instagram followers.
The teens got their turn in the spotlight and loved it.
Football Film Fanatics is a film company that will be taking you inside the culture of South Florida high school football programs in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties.
“Local football programs are allowing us exclusive access to go inside their football programs to discuss life in and outside the lines,” said the project’s creator, Myron Williams. “We are filming football for fanatics.”
It has been said that some of the best lessons come from just living life.
And beginning with Pop-Warner football, it is every little boy’s dream to become a professional football player. They learn. They practice. And then, they play.
But, along with being a student of the game, there comes some personal accountability and responsibility. And that was what this Media Day was all about for the kids.
In the words of one of the top high school football programs in the area, the St. Thomas Aquinas Raiders, a team with 10 state championships to their credit, “You go. We go.” “You go. We go.”
And here we go with the 2019 high school football season’s next generation of South Florida football greats.