During the 2009 IFAF Under-19 World Championship in Canton, Ohio, more than 10,000 fans packed Fawcett Stadium to watch Team USA defeat France, 78-0, in the opening round.
Another 12,000 saw the Americans dispose of Mexico, 55-0, in the semifinals.
Ben Gedeon was 14 years old and cheered for Team USA in person at both games.
On Tuesday night, he’ll play for Team USA while 14-year-olds cheer for him.
As diverse as the country it represents, the U. S. Under-19 National Team is comprised of 10 college football conferences.
Of those, nine of the 45 players who comprise the U.S. Under-19 National Team – 20 percent of the roster – will accept scholarships from Big Ten universities during Wednesday’s USA Football National Signing Day Breakfast in Austin, Texas.
USA Football board member and Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany is smiling somewhere.
Every football player got his start somewhere.
So did every coach.
About 170 Austin-area children ages 7 to 14 came to Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon for the 2013 Shock Doctor Team USA FUNdamentals camp.
It was a fun, free afternoon for the kids and the U.S. Under-19 National Team players, who joined with U.S. National Team coaches in breaking down the sport into simple drills that the participants could enjoy.