In this series, we will be asking professional athletes from various sports one simple question: what do you consider the greatest moment of your career?
In the fifth edition of this series, American Football player Aaron Ellis joins us to share his answer.
When it comes to memorable times in my career, I have quite a few amazing moments, but the two that stick out the most are during my time in college and my first win in the ELF against the Kings.
I played at a D2 school called Saint Joseph college. I was the backup there for three years until my school shut down for financial reasons. I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship offer from Coach Curry to play at the University of St. Francis for my last two years of eligibility. Unfortunately, they had a four-year starter in his final season when I arrived, so I had to take on the backup role to start the season.
During the 2nd game of the year, the starter tore his hamstring during the game, I went in with the last few minutes in the game and threw four passes for 100 yards and a touchdown. After that, I was given the starter role for the last seven games of the season. In this time, I was a First-Team All-Conference player with three fewer games than everyone else, 4th in the country in passing efficiency, was voted a FAF All-American. We were so close to a conference championship but unfortunately lost by two points. That year is the favourite part of my football career. Going from being a backup for three years to be first-team all-conference and 4th in the country was a huge accomplishment and a memory I’ll cherish forever.
The second most memorable moment of my career was beating the Leipzig Kings in my 2nd game of the ELF. For those that do not know, I came into the season late for the Stuttgart Surge. They released their previous QB, and I landed in the country on a Friday and had to play against Berlin that weekend with zero reps and no time learning the playbook. The Kings game started rough as I threw a pick-six, but we just kept battling. I threw the game-winning touchdown with one minute left in the 4th quarter to my tight end David Meza. It was such an amazing experience to share that with our amazing fans. I am blessed to be playing the game I love in the ELF.