High Hopes for Local Football Player
Friday, December 07, 2012
When you are sixteen years old and weigh 260 pounds chances are you are going to get noticed. Wetaskiwin football player Jacob Wasserman has been turning heads most of his young life.
Currently enrolled at Wetaskiwin Composite High School the polite, unassumable young man has high hopes for a football future. Just back home after part of a season playing ball at Lake Oswego High School in Portland Oregon, you can find Jacob upstairs at Bodywerks lifting weights most days of the week. Lake Oswego went 14-0 and were state champions this year.
Jacob plays centre or noseguard which means he better be strong and agile when the opposition try to send their defensive lineman and linebackers over him and after his quarterback. According to Jacob “He is not worried unless his counterpart is both big and fast”. Words to live by for Jacob are to “Never underestimate the other guy”. Jacob has the strength to back it up. At sixteen years old 5’11” and 260 lbs. he is still a growing boy. Currently Jacob can bench press 325 lbs. and squat 475 lbs. Jacob eats a “lot of protein and carbs”, and his favorite meal is a steak. At home his supportive parents probably have a substantial grocery bill.
High school football talent in the U.S. is “exceptional and you are playing against future NCAA1 players”. Football season is from June to December and teams practice every day with the exception of game days. Lifting weights is mandatory and done four days a week.
Jacob’s Canadian college rights are owned by Simon Fraser University. In preparation for his trip to Portland, Jacob worked out with Corbin Sharun of the Eskimos. Jacob has played football since he was eight years old. Jacob started out as a middle linebacker and a few years ago led the league in sacks and fumble recoveries, before evolving to the centre position. He played Bantam Football in Leduc and has played in the North South Allstar game. Now in the off season Jacob trains six days a week lifting weights, swimming, yoga, wrestling and plyometrics.
For the upcoming season and most of grade 12 Jacob is hoping to play in either Great Falls Montana or The John Madden Football School in Miami. His long range plans are to play NCAA 1 or 2 then possibly professional.
Inspiration for Jacob comes from his idols “Walter Payton and Michael Irving, and of course his parents and sister”. For hobbies Jacob enjoys hunting, country and rap music. We wish Jacob well with his football, and know that this likeable disciplined young man with a work ethic beyond his 16 years will succeed in whatever he chooses.
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