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SOMERS, N.Y. — As a junior, John Lopez had to sit out an entire football season after transferring from John Jay-Cross River to Kennedy Catholic. It sure wasn’t easy for someone that loves football as much as he does.
“It was so tough on me,” Lopez said. “I felt almost depressed at one point. I really used that year to work hard. I promised myself and the team I’d do everything it takes to be great and be the best player I could be.”
That sure showed in his senior season.
After a stellar senior campaign, Lopez committed to play football at Elon University, a Division I-AA program. He signed his National Letter of Intent today at Kennedy.
“The coaches were really sincere,” said Lopez, who plans on majoring in Business and minoring in Communications. “When I went down there for my official visit, they had nothing but good things to say. Their facilities are beautiful and of course their academics are top notch.”
Lopez, a linebacker, was second in Section 1 in tackles with 103 during his senior year. He also recovered two fumbles, forced two fumbles and had one sack. He was named all-league and the Gaels named him team defensive MVP.
“It’s been my dream forever to play college football,” said Lopez, who also considered Holy Cross, Gettysburg, Muhlenberg and the University of Massachusetts. “I’ve worked so hard. It’s the best feeling to be able to commit to a great university.”
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