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Will Armstead: fueled with gridiron determination

To meet William Armstead, or simply “Will” to nearly everyone who knows him, is to meet a handsome, polite, unassuming young man.

But to know Will Armstead is to recognize an intensely focused young man passionate about athletics generally, but specifically possessing a burning, overriding desire to excel at one sport in particular - football.

Fueling this desire is not only Will’s love of the sport commonly referred to as “America’s Passion” – a love developed and secured at age six while participating as a “rookie” in the King George Youth Athletic Association (KGYAA)  tackle football program – but also his quest to realize goals he has set for himself.

Will’s long-range goals are those which belong to many a young football player his age, and that is to play high school football, enjoy as much success there as possible, and then one day find himself playing college football somewhere on a hard-earned scholarship.  

In the near term, and with the ever-present, loving encouragement and support of his parents Patrick and Michelle, Will wants to continue to push himself as much as possible, train as hard and effectively as possible, and essentially do all he can do to bring his long-range goals into greater focus, and that much closer to becoming a reality.

What Will has just recently undertaken is illustrative of his determination to find success and realize his goals, and greatly representative of the old adage about the rewards often gained from hard work.

In late May Will attended Football University’s “FBU 2014” camp in Alexandria.  There, over the course three intense days, and in a highly demanding environment he modestly describes as “very challenging”, Will had a clear set of goals in mind – work hard, get noticed, separate himself as much as possible from the very “talented” mass of camp participants, and ultimately be considered in the top tier and “selected” to attend Football University’s prestigious “Top Gun” clinic in Dublin, Ohio.

This he did, and as his mother Michelle succinctly tells it (but with obvious pride), “He went [to FBU 2014] to get nominated for Top Gun.  He worked hard and accomplished his goal.”

That hard work propelled Will to be recognized for his “outstanding performance as a Running Back”, and rewarded with a rare opportunity to brush shoulders with players from all over the country who are considered to be “the best at their respective positions.”

And so, motivated by his accomplishment, and leveraging his ongoing participation in personal training sessions - weightlifting, conditioning, agilities, ball-handling, etc. - Will now excitedly prepares for the Top Gun event next week, July 21-23, in Dublin.

Described as the “culmination of Football University’s 30-camp nationwide tour gathering the most elite performers from the United States”, and supported by nearly 100 current and former NFL players and coaches, over 800 elite youth and high school football players from across the country - all, like Will, hand-picked - are expected to attend.

For Will, driven as he is, and counting “determination” among some of the greatest life lessons learned while playing football, Top Gun not only represents one goal realized, but an opportunity to work towards another – getting invited to participate in the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl.

The competition for those coveted roster spots will be absolutely tremendous, but as Will has already so clearly demonstrated, there can be but little doubt that he will do all he possibly can to realize that goal as well.

And so it goes with Will Armstead. Behind the polite, unassuming persona is a young man fueled by the love of a sport, a passion for competition, and an unrelenting drive to do what it takes to achieve goals near and far.

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