WAYNE, NJ – Sean Kelly, one of the captains of the DePaul Catholic varsity football team has been nominated as one of ten outstanding tri-state area high school football players for the 2019 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.Kelly leads by example as captain of the football team, but also academically, and participating in community and religious events. “Being a contributing part of the community gives me a sense of warmth,” said Kelly.

The varsity captain displays his Heart of a Giant through football, family, and community service.

Head Coach John Mckenna elaborated on this: “He is a member of the National Honor Society, volunteers at youth camps during the summer, does numerous Christian service activities, such as a midnight run where students go to New York City to feed and clothe the homeless.”

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Kelly, number 28, plays both sides of the ball, as a running back on offence and as a free safety on defense.  As a junior, Kelly played all eleven games, rushed sixty-four times for 353 yards and four touchdowns. He also had 240 receiving yards and five touchdowns.  On defense, Sean had two interceptions and thirty-five total tackles.

In two games this season, Kelly has rushed the ball twenty-eight times for 216 yards and four touchdowns, with a fifth touchdown catching the ball out of the backfield. 

Voting for these nominees will be open for 25 days with final vote tally determining who will be named the group’s finalist. One grand prize winner will be selected based on video submissions stating why they have the Heart of a Giant and will be honored on the field during a New York Giants’ home game. All six finalists and four honorable mention finalists will receive $1,000 for their high school’s football program, with the winner’s school getting an additional $9,000.

For more information on the program, click here.