At 5’9″ 160 pounds, senior C.J. Seeman’s build resembles more of a cornerback than a linebacker.
“I do consider myself to be undersized,” Seeman said. “But it’s advantageous because it allows me to be quicker than most other linebackers.”
His lack of size has not prevented him from being the Eagle football team’s leading tackler and being one of the team’s most tenacious tacklers.
“He’s our leading tackler,” head coach Tim Fitzpatrick said. “He’s not the fastest kid or the biggest kid, but he just finds a way to make plays.”
And he has been doing all of this with a broken wrist. In fact, he has been playing the last two seasons with a broken wrist.
“I broke it in July 2011 playing basketball with some friends,” Seeman said. “But I did not realize it was broken until January 2012. It always hurt a little, but I didn’t think it was broken.”
Seemed earned rotational time as a sophomore and junior. Last year, he played the whole season with a broken wrist, without a cast. He did not even realize that it was broken.
He was more than effective, too, always the first linebacker off of the bench and making key plays in valuable games.
“He goes a hundred miles an hour,” Fitzpatrick said. “He just plays the game the way it’s supposed to be played.”
Seeman admit that it is a bit more difficult to play with a cast this season.
“The biggest difference is it is much harder to wrap up on a tackle and it’s practically impossible to catch a football,” Seeman said.
The cast has not prevented him from being all over the field, making tackles in the backfield and even getting an interception in the victory against arch-rival Strake Jesuit.
“When he got that interception I was thinking he had Velcro on his cast and the ball had the other half of the Velcro,” Fitzpatrick said.
Seeman had surgery once the season ended, but not everything went according to plan. His wrist did not heal correctly.
The senior was left with two options: have surgery again and miss his last year of high school football or play the entire season with the broken wrist with a cast over it.
The choice was simple.
“I was going to play football this year no matter what,” Seeman said. “I didn’t have to think twice.”
Fitzpatrick could not be happier.
“He’s a coaches player,” Fitzpatrick said. “He goes out and does exactly what you tell him to do and he plays with one hundred percent effort every play.”