By Claire Williams,
Sophomore Shaan Nahal grew up watching NFL quarterbacks Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, wanting to be like them. And when he became a high school freshman, he took a shot at achieving his dream of becoming a quarterback.
Since Nahal’s football debut, he has only played quarterback for the JV team, the position he will be playing on Friday night’s homecoming game. Nahal loves the leadership the position requires and his involvement in every play on the field.
This Friday, the Blue Devils will meet one of DHS’ long-time rivals, the Jesuit Marauders, in this year’s homecoming football game. Nahal is excited but nervous for the game.
“At the end of the day it comes down to me if we mess up,” Nahal said.
However, teammate and sophomore Chris Plasterer praises Nahal for his positive contributions to the team and his composure.
“Shaan on the team has definitely changed the atmosphere of the team because he’s so reliable,” Plasterer said. “He’s really calm. He never gets down or too emotional.”
Although he feels nervous for the homecoming game, Nahal believes in his own power to lead his team. His goals for his football career and the homecoming game are simple. He wants to win, do things correctly in the game and be conditioned and strong.
Not only does Nahal find it important to prepare physically for his games, but he also believes that it’s important to prepare mentally.
To fully prepare, Nahal watches films of other teams playing and also looks at the defensive lineup of the opposing teams to get further insight on what he and his teammates are up against.
However, it’s not always serious for Nahal. He enjoys being a part of a team and being able to play a sport he loves alongside his friends. There is less individual stress involved with being on a team, and he also gets to practice his teamwork skills and socialize.