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By Daniel Curtin
Hometown Weekly Reporter
Houston Texans Pro Bowl defensive lineman J.J. Watt once said: "Success isn't owned. It's leased, and rent is due every day."
Kids playing Walpole Youth Football were recently paying rent in the humid August heat as they put in the work that, they hope, will pay off with a successful football season.
Matt Cox was in the stands watching his son, Joey, practice as the players were doing calisthenics.
“This town is such a football town,” gushed Cox. “The camaraderie between this particular group is incredible. They have had a very successful team to this point. The time the coaches put in, the effort the coaches put in, [and] the effort the players put in is really second-to-none.”
Practices began the first week of August to get the team ready for their first game in September. After stretching, players worked on conditioning - doing sprints and bear crawls - and also worked on proper tackling techniques.
Kevin Malloy, one of the assistant coaches who works with players on the defensive and offensive line, knows that the first few weeks of practice can be tough, but believes the players are making strides.
“They get better every day, they really do … They’re pushing through it. It’s tough getting used to the pads again, but they’re doing well,” Malloy said.
“All these kids are out here on a volunteer basis,” said Falzone, acknowledging the difficulty of the sessions. “They do this because they want to be here. It builds teamwork, camaraderie, and it gives them life lessons.”
Photos by Daniel Curtin