By Thomas Morrone CFP®, CPA
Before my high school days, I played in the town football league and eventually played on the high school team. I was not a great player and we did not have a great team, but I loved playing the sport. It was not just about the competitive aspect of playing an organized sport but more about the camaraderie of being part of something bigger than myself. You had to learn some basic life skills such as teamwork, communication, discipline, tolerance and pride. You also had to learn to respect your team mates, captains, coaches, fans and the opposing team members. Of course, you had to learn the game of football, understand strategies for both offense and defense and how to execute for your position. I was fortunate in that I had the opportunity to play on both sides of the ball. On offense I played fullback and on defense I played middle linebacker. Both positions took a toll on my body, but I loved every minute. I was not big enough to play in college so high school ball was enough for me.