It can be said that Football is 99% skill and 1% luck. But if that is true, what does luck have to do with it? Let’s look at some examples. Two years before leading his team to Super Bowl XXXIV, and earning the 1999 NFL MVP award, Kurt Warner was stocking shelves in a supermarket. He was noticed in 1996 and 1997 as he fought for the spotlight in the Arena League. The rest is history.
Run It Performance’s very own Coach Arlen Harris also got noticed when he was invited to a college All Star game in Las Vegas in 2002. Harris didn’t play his Senior year in college, but he kept with it. In the Paradise Bowl, not only did he get noticed, he earned the Most Valuable Player of the game distinction, and then he was signed by the St Louis Rams shortly after.
So, how does a player get noticed? He gets himself noticed. He makes hit happen. He trains. When he is finished training, he trains some more. He screams “put me in coach.” He is the first to arrive and the last to leave. And he has a name: Gary Rosemond Jr.
Gary Rosemond Jr. plays for the Fatz Bulliez Bulldogs in Washington D.C. He attends Hardy Middle School. He plays on both sides of the ball. His hard work and natural talent earned him a spot at the 2017 A11 All Stars Bowl in Orlando, Florida. The game was sponsored by Xtreme Procision, and 73 of the best 8th grade football players across the United States were invited.
“There were thousands of talented players to consider for the A11 Star Bowl, but we look at the product off the field as well, and who will take advantage of this stage” said Ricardo Dickerson (VP of Xtreme Procision)
At the All Star Game, Rosemond definitely got noticed. He earned the game’s MVP award and rushed for over 120 yards with two rushing touchdowns.
Coach Fatz has had the pleasure of coaching Rosemond back in D.C. for quite some time. He described Rosemond as one of those standouts.
“I’ve coached thousands of young men,” says Fatz, “I’ve had a handful do great things after high school and have continued their game in college and beyond. Gary is one of those players.”
Coach Fatz said Rosemond is the complete package. “It all starts at home though,” Coach Fatz quickly pointed out. “He has an unbelievable support network with his mom and dad. He puts in the early mornings, he stays for the late nights, and if they go on the road like they did in Orlando, Gary brings his school books with him. Gary has the willpower to succeed.” Coach Fatz could not say enough about Rosemond, so we decided to see what Mr. Rosemond had to say about himself, and once again, even off the field, he did not disappoint. Gary Rosemond Jr. is a very soft spoken, yet confident young man. Much like Nebraska Running Back Tre Bryant, who was featured in the previous article. Rosemond was very humble and spoke about character more than he spoke about football. He put his family first, saying if he did find success in football, he would take care of his mom first, and then help anyone who has ever helped him. He loves St. John College High School in the D.C. area, and he is willing to prepare himself for whatever it takes to get on their practice field.
“We love Gary as a person, as a citizen, and as an athlete. He will be a great addition to St John’s as well as any college he chooses,” said Coach Casamento.
St. John College High School signed 9 players to the next level in 2017. The schools included Notre Dame, Villanova, West Point, and Texas A & M. The team went 8-3 in the 2016 season, with a final loss at the WCAC Championship game. “I knew when I was little, that I couldn’t play if my grades were not good enough,” said Rosemond, “and my mom really stays on me. My dream is to play for St. John College High School and be in their Honor Class.”
As for the game of football, Rosemond lets his productivity do most of his talking.
“We have a good team and great coaches, but me, I like the people to feel me when I hit them,” Rosemond said, “I love to run the ball…”
At 5’9 and 150 pounds, Rosemond plans on hitting the weights and gaining a little size.
“We are going to start with a little weightlifting,” said Coach Fatz, “and then we are going to focus on skill sets and finding a seam.” Rosemond said he is looking forward to it all.
Rosemond best skill set right now is his footwork, which he concentrates on continuously. He wants to work on his size more than anything, and says his idol right now is Deion Sanders. His ultimate college goal would be to play for Florida State where he would like to earn a degree in physical therapy or psychology. For more on Gary Rosemond Jr., we will catch up with him from time to time at Run It Performance. Otherwise, simply put his name into any search engine, checkout his highlights and watch this young man shine.
Coach Harris of Run It Performance is always quick to notice a talented football player at many of the national combines, all star games, and other events.
“This young man is good,” said Coach Harris, “he’s certainly one to watch.”