SUMMIT, NJ - An injury suffered early in his junior season has caused Summit High School Varsity Football Team senior quarterback Ryan Richson to miss the 2015 Hilltoper campaign.
Richson's response has been to -- just as he would if he was the starter -- totally commit himself to the team. His teammates response? They elected him one of three captains prior to the season.
Richson's leadership in the face of personal adversity is remarkable, and Summit Head Coach Kevin Kostibos has nominated his senior captain for the 2015 USA Football "Heart of a Giant" Award.
The honor is presented to the high school football player from the tri-state area who best exemplifies what it means to have the "Heart of a Giant" based on the athlete's work ethic, dedication, character, teamwork, and desire and drive to succeed both on the field and in the classroom.
Kostibos said, "Ryan is like another coach. He's there every day. I applaud him. It's not easy to be in the position he's in."
Six finalists are determined based on the results of on-line voting, and their high schools each receive a $1,500 equipment grant. In addition, the high school of the finalist selected as the "Heart of a Giant" winner receives an additional $3,500 equipment grant, with the individual recognized at the New York Giants' December 20 game vs. the Carolina Panthers.
Voters can cast one vote -- per device -- every 24 hours through November 11
, and can vote for Richson by scrolling down to his profile within the list of "Week 2 Nominees."