April 9, 2020

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Diamond In The Rough: Dan Dishman

Dan is a four star recruit out of Clear Falls High School. Standing at a staggering 6’6, his height makes him stand out like a sore thumb on the field. Dan’s size makes him an easy target for his quarterback, while also making him an ideal blocker. What Dan lacks for in weight, he makes up for in speed. Dan’s footwork and vertical speed are impressive for any receiver, let alone a man of his stature. He flies by any cornerback who guards him too close and dances around those who try to jam him upfront. Off the field, Dan is a diligent student, maintaining a 3.8 GPA while juggling football and other extracurricular activities as well. I had the privilege of speaking with Dan and got to learn a little more about his life. Some key questions from our interview are included below.

When did you get involved in football?

  •  I started playing back in 4th grade in Little League for the League City 49’s, but then took a brake until 7th grade. I’ve been playing football ever since.

What made you fall in love with the game?

  • I come from an athletic family – my dad was a professional baseball player – so I was always involved in sports. I chose football over baseball because I found football to be more action packed and entertaining.

Who is your favorite NFL player?

  • Rob Gronkowski is my favorite player. I love how he plays so physically – like a grown man. I want to be as big and physical as him.

What are your strengths as a football player?

  • I’m a big man with surprising speed. I’m larger than most cornerbacks, so they don’t expect me to be faster than them. I’m also a great perimeter blocker, because I’m bigger and stronger than most cornerbacks.

How do you deal with adversity on and off the field?

  • On the field, I tend to play with a free mind, just enjoying myself and the game. But if I mess up or things start to go wrong, that’s when I get mad. When I get mad, it focuses me and gets me in the zone so I can overcome any adversity. Off the field, I tend to deal with things slowly. I take my time to make sure I do things right and push through any difficulty.

Who has influenced you most in your life?

  • My parents for sure. They have always worked hard for me and I’ve learned through their examples the values of hard work and perseverance. I appreciate them so much.

How do you balance school and football?

  • School always comes first. I make sure to do all my work first, but then I’m all in on football. That’s how I’ve maintained my 3.8 GPA while also being a starter.

Do you have any goals for the season?

  • I want to score 20 TD’s this season, while also making First Team All-District. I’m also really excited for our team, we’re undefeated at the moment and have high hopes for the playoffs.

What have you been working on or need to work on to compete at the next level?

  • I want to work on my foot speed, having quick feet is always a priority for receivers. I also want to work on my strength; I will be a regular in the weight room this off season.

What makes you stand out from your competition?

  • My height and speed are what set me apart from your average wide receiver. Because of my size, I block well and can also play tight end, so I’m very versatile. I also have a winner’s mindset. I go into every play thinking: ‘I’m better than this guy.’ or ‘Beat this guy on this play.’ That type of attitude is what helps me play better, faster and stronger than my competitors.

What are some of your core values?

  • My parents and church always taught me to help others. I recognized that I have grown up privileged and just want to give back to the community that raised me and to people who have not been as blessed as I have.