Athlete Spotlight.

February 7, 2014

Please take the time and check out my feature story on Norfolk State University baseball legend, Johnathan Lynch!
-Imagine the game, Chelle.

 

 

January 8, 2014

 

Player of the Week: Budd Hudson

Twenty year old Norfolk, VA native, #60 OL of Virginia State University football team, Mr. Budd Hudson. I had the pleasure of meeting with this fine, motivated young gentlemen over this past weekend.

“The fact that you get to be physical every play without it being a crime. The factor of putting another man on his back just drives me.” A smiling Hudson replied as I asked him what excites him about football. he also told me that it gives him an instant confidence boost. You can definitely feel the passion Hudson has for football. VSU went undefeated this past 2013 season, only to be disqualified in the first round of the CIAA playoffs. This unfourtunate event took a big toll on Hudson as well as his team. He explained to me that the past is the past. “Regardless of the incident we made history. All we can do is remain focused and accomplish even greater goals next season.” Hudson feels that teamwork more important than anything. “With excellent teamwork we win games, and who doesn’t like winning?” He says between laughs. When asked, did you ever see yourself achieving the heights you stand upon today? Hudson quickly replied “Yes! I work hard every day. Football is my passion, and honestly without it I wouldn’t even be in college. Probably just working a regular nine to five somewhere.”

Hudson enjoys listening to music, working out, and hanging with friends when he’s not on the field. He does not have a favorite food, but loves spending time with his parents who are his biggest supporters. Budd Hudson has dreams of playing for his favorite team, the New York Giants upon graduating college in 2015.

I had a great time sitting with Hudson and hope to see him on the NFL fields soon.

Follow him on Twitter @plugtalk101 for all the latest updates.

-Imagine the Game, Chelle.



November 25, 2013

 

Player of the Week: Quinten Jones-Love

Smart, talented, and strong! This past weekend I had the opportunity of meeting Churchland Middle School’s RB #4 Quinten Jones-Love.

When did you first start playing football? I asked as Quinten and I sat in his living room along with his beautiful family. “Three years ago I began playing Pop Warner football with the Olive Branch Bulldogs.” Quinten is a very hard working young man as he is only thirteen years old, and he is establishing a great foundation for himself. Jones-Love has been invited to play in four all-american games this year, including the Offense-Defense All American in Orlando, Junior Rank Academic All American in Texas; All South National Underclassmen in South Carolina which he will be attending along with the NUC All South Classic Youth Game in Florida. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play in these games, I think it will prepare me for the upcoming high school football season.” A resident of Portsmouth, VA, Jones- Love will be attending the legendary I.C. Norcom High School next fall. “Football is definitely my favorite sport. I love scoring but you also have to depend on your teammates to block for you in order to score. I appreciate the brotherhood football brings into my life.” Said Quinten as he gets a laugh at the curiosity of his three year old brother Wayne. Jones-Love is the oldest of four children, ultimately supported by his mother and father. “My parents are great! They’re there whenever I need them. “He further explains to me the strong bond he and his father have as they workout together everyday. Currently Jones-Love is 5’4 143 lbs; he wishes to start high school football at 155 lbs, lifting 205 lbs max.

Quinten is a well rounded athlete who enjoys the challenges of math as it is his favorite subject in school. He also enjoys foreign cars. “85% of my day is about football outside of school. In my spare time I like to listen to Kendrick Lamar and spend time with my friends.” Quinten has aspirations of attending Florida State University and majoring in Business upon graduating high school. “I would love to be a Seminole! Playing college football would be amazing, entering the stadium gives me such joy I can only imagine what it would be like on a college level.” On the filed Jones-Love explains that he is a completely different person. During his first game at Churchland Middle School he scored two touchdowns and earned 169 yards. “That was when I knew football was for me.”

Quinten Jones-Love is driven, intelligent, and for lack of better words ready for what his future holds. I enjoyed chatting with Quinten and his family. With continued support from his friends and family, along with high prioritizing of education, Quinten Jones-Love will be on his way to the NFL Draft before you know it. Follow him on Instagram @quintenjoneslove for all the latest updates.

-Imagine The Game, Chelle


February 1, 2013

Player of the Week: Eric Pike

Funny, determined and talented! I had the opportunity of meeting Towson University’s #71 LT

 Eric Pike.

When did you first start playing football?

  I started playing when I was a freshman at DuVal High School. One of my administrators influenced me to start playing. As well as my mother she thought it was a good idea, and it would give me an opportunity for a full scholarship so I gave it a try.

So you’ve only been playing for about six to seven years. Do you feel that factor makes you less of a player as opposed to someone that’s been playing all their life?

  Not at all. If anything I feel like it helps me more than anything, it pushes me to want to raise my level of play. A lot of kids get pushed into sports while they’re young, me being raised by a single mother didn’t allow a lot of time for sports. Playing this game wasn’t forced on me I had to decide for myself to choose football. Nevertheless, I’m glad with the decision I made. So many oppurtunites have opened up for me including being able to help out others, so its been a win-win for me.

Who do you look up to in the game today?

  Jermon Bushrod #74 for the New Orleans Saints. He also went to Towson and alot of my colleagueas as well as coaches always say that I remind them of him. As well as Rashad Carmichael #36 for the Houston Texans. I met him here at TU and he gave me some encouraging words, and told me to study the playbook. I could defitneley say that they are my role models.

Did you ever think you would be where you are today?

 No. I actually was put off the team in high school because of my grades. I missed the family aspect of the team and having games to look forward to so that influenced me to grind, get my grades up and get back in tthe game.

What do you do in your free time?

  Play Madden, chill with friends, chill with girls, sleep, chill with girls (laughs to self)

What’s your favorite part about playing college football?

 The excitement of each game. The hype is built up all week for the game and the field is my stage to perform on. You get a chance to leave your mark on the University and the city.

If you could play for any professional team who would it be?

 The Philidelphia Eagels. That’s been my favorite team since I was a kid. Philly is live! I would love to be apart of that city atmosphere.

Where would you be today if you weren’t in college?

  Trying to get into school. I knew I had no other choice but to go to college. Trouble has followed me my whole life so football is my outlet to remain out of trouble.

Be on the lookout for All American Eric Pike. Humble, motivated, and a great team leader. “Pike” is the total package. Follow him on Twitter @Pike_BAPdahdee for all the latest updates.

 

-Imagine the game, Chelle.


January 14, 2013

Player of the Week: Terrance West

A few weeks back I had the opportunity of meeting a very determined, humble young man, (also easy on the eyes)Terrance West.

When did you first start playing football?

  I was nine years old when I began playing my sport. My uncle Fred West saw that I was very aggressive as a child, so football only seemed right.

How important is scoring to you?

  Scoring is very important. (He says sternly as if I already know the answer) You gotta score to win games.

Do you have any role models currently?

  A few. Ray Rice, and Bernard Pierce of the Baltimore Ravens. I know them personally so their always giving me advice to keep my head on straight. As well as Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings. He’s my favorite player right now.

Did you ever think you would be where you are today?

 Yeah football is my dream. I knew when I began playing Pop Warner I had to make to it. I’m the first in my family to go to college as well as the first in my community. I feel that its only right that I set the example.

So you’re from Baltimore City right?

  Yup. West side to be exact.

Y’all Baltimore natives just love your city! What’s so great about it?

  What’s not great about it? (He says with this kool-aid smile) I love it. Greatest city on earth!

Okay. I respect that, you put on for your city. 

So I guess that explains  the Baltimore city skyline tattoo you have.

  Yeah. (laughs to his self  I just felt like why not? I love my city, I love tattoos, so why not combine the two.

What’s your favorite part about playing college ball?

  I would have to say meeting new people. Every game you get the opportunity to play against someone completely new and showcase your talent. It’s like a first impression.

Who motivates you to keep going everyday?

  My family. Everything I do is for them.

If you could play for any pro team who would it be?

  The Ravens first and foremost, but you already knew that. (laughs) But seriously, if not the Ravens the Dolphins. I would love to live in Miami.

 

 

“T.West” has an outstanding game and a humble sense of humor. He’s going all the way. #28 RB for Towson Football, Terrance West. Follow him on twitter @terrancewest28 for all the latest updates.


-Imagine the game, Chelle.

January 2, 2013

Player of the Week: Gerrard Sheppard

Last week I caught up with Baltimore City native, football player, and recent graduate of Towson University; WR #33 Gerrard Sheppard.

Tell me about yourself.

  I’m pretty simple. I love what I do. I graduated from McDonogh School back in 08. I then went on to University of Connecticut then later transferred to Towson, graduated with a Bachelors in Communication Studies and here we are today.

When did you first start playing football

  My senior year in high school. My coach was always saying that I should try it out so I thought why not? I’ve played basketball since I was a kid so picking up another sport was cool with me.

Who do you look up to in the game today?

  Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans. He gets the job done and is a great team player.

I think I already know the answer to this, but who’s your favorite team?

  Baltimore Ravens, no doubt!

Did you ever think you would be where you are today?

  No, not at all. I played for the fun of it, and the first game I ever played in I got a TD. From then on my coach influenced me to stay in the game. I feel like it was all in God’s plan.

What was your favorite part about playing college football?

  The excitement. That adrenalin rush you get when you’re coming out of the tunnel. It makes me feel like I have a job to do and my school is counting on me. It’s a great feeling.

If you could play for any professional team, who would it be?

  Any team honestly. I would gladly take any opportunity given to me at the professional level. Being able to be apart of the NFL is more than just playing a sport, its doing what you love everyday. It’s a blessing.

Who motivates you?

  My family. Everything I do is for them.

What do you do in your spare time?

  I watch a lot of ESPN. Spend time with my family and friends. I’m also starting to read a little.

It was a pleasure to meet such a humble and well rounded young man. “Shepp” is going places. Be on the lookout for him. 

Follow him on Instagram for all the latest updates. 

 

-Imagine the game, Chelle.



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