WAYNE, NJ - Yosue Gomez, a three-year starter for the Passaic County Technical School (PCTI) in Wayne has been nominated, as one of several outstanding tri-state area high school football players, for the 2020 USA Football Heart of a Giant Award.

This special honor is presented by the Hospital for Special surgery and is given to players for their commitment, teamwork, will character and dedication.

Gomez plays on both sides of the ball, as the center on offense and defensive end. He has leaned on football to help him cope with challenges at home, and uses the game as an escape, as well as a way to safely express himself. According to a statement released along with his nomination, Yousef spent some time in a foster home before eventually moving in with his grandmother.

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“This was happening during our football summer training camp, so I was having trouble with having clean clothes, getting to practices and even maintaining my nutrition,” said Gomez. “Coaches noticed something wrong, and I explained to them my situation."

The talented football player would revolve his day around practice, counting down the hours until it was time to play. Although he didn’t start playing football until high school, his raw talent stood out, and he became a three-year starter.

Yet he wasn’t nominated just for his skills and determination on the field. It was his character as both a leader on the team and outside of football that earned him this recognition

Gomez received high praise from the PCTVI head football coach, Matthew Demarest. “I have coached at Passaic Tech for 27 years and Yosue Gomez is truly one of the most amazing human beings I have ever met,” he said.

To watch highlights of the PCTI Football nominee, visit his HUDL page here.

To vote for Gomez, click here.

The voting period for these nominees is now open until November 9, at 11:59 p.m. with the final vote tally determining who will be named the group’s finalist.

Overall, there will be 11 total finalists and each finalist will receive $1,000 for their high school’s football program, with the grand prize winner’s school getting an additional $4,000. The grand prize winner will be selected based on video submissions stating why they have the Heart of a Giant.

For more information on the program, click here.