Eli Wheaton

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Colton Marquardt, Staff Writer

The first time Eli saw the field, he told his dad that football was his dream. Now a sophomore in high school, he is a starting d-back for the varsity team. Every day Eli puts in work to accomplish his goal: reaching the NFL.

“I hope one day I can get me and my family out of the hood,” said Eli.  Growing up in a bad neighborhood was tough for Eli, but he didn’t give up on his dream.

Being 6’3″ gives Eli a huge advantage on the field and on the court.  “Basketball is my backup if the NFL is dumb enough to not draft me.”