Oct. 25, 2011
BOCA RATON, FL - Countless life-changing lessons began as I signed my National Letter of Intent for FAU football. The message: Life is short -- you can't take anything for granted.
My list of priorities began to expand; God, Family, Football and now Health. I am thankful each day for the opportunity FAU has given me to do what I love; punt the ball, get stronger physically and spiritually, work with a talented, resilient, football team and obtain an outstanding education.
FAU football lives its mission statement by not only providing student athletes with access to challenging opportunities in higher education, but on the playing field. In the spring of 2010, I requested to work with the quarterbacks to challenge myself, to learn the playbook and the strategies behind the defensive adjustments. Supported by coaches and staff, this training encouraged me to develop a broader perspective of the game and possibly a future as a graduate assistant or someday a coach.
I encountered the full college experience by supporting numerous FAU teams, volunteering with Relay for Life as a cancer survivor, working at the campus recreation center, lifeguarding at the pool and meeting new people. I'm pretty sure I have made friends for life and survived the pressures of punting deep in our territory surrounded by 90,000 plus screaming fans.
This is not the end. Like our stadium I see developing each day from class -- it's actually the beginning.
My name is Mickey Groody, #17, FAU Punter.
I'm an FAU record holder (73 yard punt), an Honorable Mention All-American and an MVP of special teams in 2010 & 2011.
I am Grateful.... Ephesians 5:20