ROSELLE PARK, NJ — Roselle Park High School senior and varsity football player Nasir Williams has been nominated for the 2020 Heart of a Giant Award by Roselle Park High School Head Coach Gregory Dunkerton.
“It was a surprise, I was honored and grateful when I heard about the nomination,” said Williams. Along with being a leader on the field Williams is also Senior Class President. He credits football with keeping him out of trouble.
“Ever since I started football it kept me focused and on the right path. I had to keep my grades up because I wanted to play,” Williams said.
He has played three years of varsity football because, during his sophomore year, RPHS didn’t have a varsity team. Knowing that after his freshman year there wouldn’t be a varsity team, Nasir says made him want to work harder. Coach Dunkerton credits Nasir for helping the school rebuild a varsity football program and maturing a lot during his sophomore year.
Dunkerton says he was inspired to nominate Nasir after a 43-22 loss against New Providence.
“He kept on fighting and did a great job leading by example, he wouldn’t let anyone give up,” said Dunkerton.
The Roselle Park Panthers have a record of 1-2 so far this season. They have four more games scheduled; however, Coach Dunkerton says they are hoping to have at least two more games after that.
You can vote for Nasir Williams to become a finalist for the award on the USA Football website. Each of the 11 finalists will get a $1,000 equipment grant for their high school’s football program. The grand prize winner will get an extra $4,000 for their school’s program and the Heart of a Giant trophy.
The Heart of a Giant Award is given every year by the Hospital for Special Surgery and N.Y. Giants to a high schooler in New Jersey, New York or Connecticut.