Connor Able remembers watching the All-American Bowl at his grandparent's house when he was just six-years-old and 12 years later would have the chance to actually play in it.
Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, the game itself would not be played in early January as usual. Despite it not happening the players selected for the team were still honored through video tributes and the gear they would have received in San Antonio sent to them.
"Never in a million years did I ever imagine I'd ever had a chance to be a part of and playing in that game," Able said. "They treated us awesome even though we didn't have the game. They didn't have to honor us at all but they still did and still sent us a ton of stuff."
Able recently committed to Texas A&M and will fill the role of long-snapper for the Aggies. The senior is also ranked No. 2 overall in his graduating class, was one of six national finalists for the Geico Man of the Year Award and is ranked as the No. 1 long-snapper in Texas.
Learn more about the future Aggie in this in-depth interview with Able and Stratford football coach Todd Rankin.
Dr. Toko Nguyen is the founder and owner of the Institute for Athlete Regeneration Sports Medicine (IARSM) and is recognized as one of the foremost experts in the field of sports rehab, sports manual therapy and sports recovery.
The athlete-centered business has become the current in-season and offseason home to a large number of MLB, NFL, NBA and Olympic athletes in managing their therapy and recovery strategies.
High school athletes looking to take their game to the next level have also found IARSM beneficial in getting back on the playing fields stronger and healthier.
Today, he talks directly to the football community on the importance of nutrition and sleep. Those aspects are the cornerstones of a healthy and successful student-athlete. For more information, CLICK HERE