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Will to Win Pushes Yorktown Senior on Gridiron

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Brett Makar heads for the end zone in Yorktown’s opening game at Lakeland.
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Yorktown senior Brett Makar is a halfback, linebacker and a team captain on the varsity football team. He’s also on the boys lacrosse and winter track squads.

How old were you when you started playing football and how did you get started?

First started playing tackle when I was 8 and have been in love with the sport since I can remember. Got started because of my dad who played in high school and coached me and my brothers in youth. My older brother Tyler; he’s a few years older than me so as a kid I watched his games and wanted to do everything he did so playing naturally happened.

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What do you think are your strengths as a football player?

My competitiveness and will to win, two things I believe are most important in football since it really takes so much out of you physically you’ve got to be there even stronger mentally. I’ll do whatever it takes for the team to win.

As a senior on the team this year, how do you see your role as a leader?

Just trying to lead by example for the younger guys on the team by working hard every day in practice. We have a lot of great leaders on our roster. Our senior class has been playing with each other from third grade until now so we all know how to mesh with each other and hold each other accountable.

What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

Definitely the team dinners, whether in football or lacrosse the Yorktown moms always know how to hold it down before every game. They make sure no one leaves hungry. It’s a great time hanging with the boys after a long practice too!

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My parents and my brothers Tyler, Keithy and Evan. They’ve always supported me and have been at every game in every sport I’ve played since I was a toddler from T-Ball to Friday night lights they’ve always pushed me to be the best version of myself. Showing me through their hard work to stay motivated to achieve my goals.

Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?

My family are huge Packer fans and I’m named after Brett Favre.

What does it mean to be able to play for Yorktown?

It’s one of the greatest feelings in the world to put on a Yorktown jersey. I’m very fortunate to have grown up here and being able to represent this place through sports is an awesome thing. You really understand how much bigger it is than you when you see how much those who came before you care.

Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?

Possibly either business or marketing. I find both fields very interesting as there is so much to do in either one.

Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?

Past athlete is Brett Favre obviously. Current is Aaron Judge. Love the Packers and Yankees.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Pregame playlist has a random mix of things—little country, some hip hop and rap.

If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?

Bora Bora, I’ve never swam in the Pacific Ocean and the water and bungalows look insanely nice there.

What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game? 

Before would be a PB and J. Postgame my dad makes me eggs and bacon and it’s the best thing to come home to.

Best place to eat in Yorktown and why?

Love a buffalo chicken quesadilla from Salsa Fresca. The food is great and you always see someone you know in there so it’s cool.

What advice would you give to a young football player growing up in Yorktown?

Never become satisfied and enjoy and soak up every second you get playing with your boys because it flies by.

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