Young offensive lineman all-in for championship run
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Sean Rowe is a 17-year-old going into Grade 12 at Dakota Collegiate.
“School last year was awesome,” he said. “I tried to keep my grades strong and I had a lot of fun. Phys ed is my favourite class. I like English too. I like learning different things about our language.”
Sean is 6-foot-5, 305 pound tackle on the offensive line for the Dakota Lancers football team.
“The experience at Dakota with football has been amazing,” he said. “I started playing football in Grade 9. COVID was challenging but gave me time to catch up. During COVID all of the gyms were closed down. I had some weights at home and during that time I was able to make myself better. Now, going into my senior year, I am completely focused on winning the championship.”
Offensive lines in football share a certain level of camaraderie not shared in many other sports.
“The whole O-Line has been basically playing together for all of high school,” Sean said. “That has allowed us to really bond and work together as a close unit. We have been together through thick and thin. For the rest of my life these guys and my teammates will be great friends.”
Sean lives in south St. Vital. He is very thankful towards his dad Graham, mom Kileen, and sister Sarah. “Thank you to my parents for believing in me. They have done so all the way through my playing career. I am very fortunate to have such good role models in my life.”
Sean has a bright future in the sport he loves with scholarship offers already from university teams. “It is amazing. It is an opportunity I never thought I would have. I am very much so looking forward to the opportunity to go to university and to play football in university.”
Sean knows university is waiting for him around the corner, but for now he is focused on helping his team to win the high school championship. “My number one goal right now is to help our team win the championship. If we accomplish that goal we will have that for the rest of our lives.
Sean offers this advice to young athletes: “Try your best. Hard work and hustle will always get you further than just talent.”
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