It was supposed to be a normal year for NAHS senior Dan Hayes. He would wake up in the morning, take a shower, brush his teeth and drive to school.
This was supposed to be his 11th year playing football. He would be a starting varsity lineman on both offense and defense. He’d be wearing his number 54 jersey as he worked hard to accomplish his goal of playing college football.
“It was supposed to be the year I showed off to the scouts and proved to them I’m good enough for the next level,” he explained.
Unfortunately, this year is anything but normal.
When asked his thoughts about the changes that have been made this year–especially with the football season–he explained that he doesn’t think it’s fair that football is one of the few sports that can’t have a season, especially because of how hard he has been working during the off season.
Dan stated, “I work out everyday just so I can be stronger than the other team, and while doing that help my team secure the victory.” He also talked about even if he didn’t make it to play college football, that the fact he played football would give him a better chance at his dream school, Framingham.
Tommy Whalen, one of Dan’s teammates said, “I’ve seen the work he’s been putting in.” He believes that Dan’s going to make it big if he keeps doing what he’s been doing during quarantine and the off season.
Hayes knows that even though football isn’t likely happening this year, he can still work hard to get to his goal.
Dan has had some great moments during his high school career, ranging from having four sacks on the quarterback against Sharon or even better, beating one of the top schools in our area: Bishop Feehan.
Overall, Dan said, “It’s just gonna be another boring year, without the best part of school, football. No more rowdy crowds, no more playoffs, and no more anything.”