Rising football star looking to recover

Football is growing outside of the United States, and this includes Canada. Every year, more Canadian athletes try their hand at the predominantly U.S. sport to see if they can become one of the few to make an impact in the football world.

Golden Hawks receiver Alex Anthony has already made his impact, catching an amazing game winning touchdown against Japan while playing for Team Canada in the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Junior Championship in 2009, a play that has so far been the highlight of his career.

However, Anthony is not satisfied with that being his resume, as he has a burning desire to constantly improve and hopefully win a Vanier Cup, all while remaining humble and grateful of his opportunity.
“It’s an honour considering how big football has become all over the world, and to be named to the team twice now, it’s awesome.”

The Victoria, B.C. native was a multi-sport star throughout high school, but his passion for the sport of football was unparalleled.

“I’ve wanted to be a pro since I was eight or nine,” said Anthony. “And through lots of hard work and sacrifice over the last ten or 11 years and everyone around me, including coaches, teammates, friends and family, all being supportive, that dream is becoming more of a possibility.”

Unfortunately for Anthony, a torn ACL will keep him from playing for Team World at in IFAF play as he did last year, being named team captain.

But perhaps what is most impressive about Anthony is that he is so level-headed and able to take such a difficult set back in stride, almost using it as motivation.

“I am disappointed about the timing and the severity of the injury having to miss the game in Texas, but if there was a time when it was going to happen I’m glad it happened now. I have lots of time to rehab and recover and be back in time for the 2011 season.”

Being dealt such a blow does not discourage Anthony from his goals either, as he remains focused on doing what he has never done before.

“I’ve never won any type of championship, on any level, so that is my ultimate goal while playing football.”

This goal could be fulfilled with a storybook ending for Anthony, as the Vanier Cup will be played at B.C. Place, his home province, next year.

“Back home, five years ago, there was hardly any football in Victoria, but my high school coaches and then about 15 guys from my graduating class have all worked together to make football a staple of B.C. athletics,” said Anthony. “If we could win the Vanier back home, it would be bringing everything full circle.”

Anthony provides just one more reason to root for the Laurier Golden Hawks, as there is nothing better than a good comeback story, and I am sure this one will be a success considering his approach.

“I try to see it as a good thing. I am a strong believer that everything happens for a reason. Who knows, maybe it will make me a better player through the hard work required?”

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