Looking to finish strong
Justice has 21 players on its roster, an unusually high number for a school with massive turnover. Last season it finished with eight, just enough to field a team.
Despite the patchwork nature of the program, it’s turnaround stories such as that of Romero, Dauphinais and senior starting quarterback Julio Marquez that prove to Thoreson there is more than meets the eye on the lineless grass at LaMont Does Park.
Thoreson said Marquez was going cheap NFL jerseys down “a path of horrible decisions” a year ago. He then came to a life-changing realization that he had to set a better example for his biggest fans — younger brothers age 9, 5 and 2 who come to every game and think the world of their rock-tossing hero.
“Suddenly reality just hit me, and Cleveland Browns jerseys I realized that I’m not going to be young forever and I’m not going to have unlimited chances to right my own ship,” Marquez said. “I realized I’ve got wholesale jerseys to set a life for myself. wholesale NFL jerseys I’ve got to set a good example for my brothers.”
As the Phoenix prepares for Saturday’s playoffs-or-bust game, Thoreson deals with drama that is all too routine. Two players quit the team in the past week. Another player is suspended from Saturday’s game “for losing his mind at a football meeting” according to Thoreson, and another is on temporary suspension looking to get back on the team in time to play Saturday.
Regardless of the outcome Saturday, there is a renewed sense of optimism among the players about their life’s direction. Driven by Nels, and Papa, they now know there is something much bigger waiting for them beyond the walls of their tiny school.
“We’ve got kids out here in ankle bracelets playing football, but we’re winning and we’re growing as young men, and that’s all that matters,” said Romero, whose goal is to become cheap jerseys a gym teacher. “I’m going to leave here with no regrets, knowing that I did everything I could to better myself as a person.”