"My Greatest Moment in Sport" by Philéas Pasqualini!
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 this article, American Football player Philéas Pasqualini joins us to share his answer.
My favourite moment in my football career is a special moment for me personally. It was in France with my hometown team, Cannes, in Division 2, so it was not the highest level in which I have played, but my teammates were the first I played with and became my family.
It was two years ago, during the season that was cancelled mid-season because of Covid-19. We had a very good team, one of the best three teams in the south, but we had a few losses at the start of the season due to injuries to key players. In the last game before the cancellation, we had to play the best southern team and favourite for the National Title away from home. They were undefeated, but we had recovered all our key players so I knew we could win.
Gones of Lyon was the team. Members of my family that I had not seen for years were present since they lived in Lyon. The game was very intense with Hollywood-style twists and turns, but the two teams were equal. It all came down to the last play for the Gones. We were ahead with 4 points, if I remember correctly. There were only a few seconds left. They were in our RedZone and had to score on this play or lose the game. In Division 2, I also played Defensive End to help my team as much as I could. So before the play, I asked my Head Coach to let me in on the defence because I was fresh and the best athlete on my team. He believed in me, and I repaid his faith. I came onto the field, sacked the QB, caused him to fumble the ball, which I then recovered. The match ended with this action. The feeling after this was insane, no words to describe it, it was special partly because of the action, the timing, etc… but mainly because Cannes is my first football team, it was for my friends, in front of my family. It was very important for the rest of the season before the cards were redistributed.