CRANFORD ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

Rob Schork, varsity football player

“A defensive end and halfback/tight end by trade, because of an injury to Jimmy Shriner, Rob was forced into the full-time tailback role for the final two games of the season in the playoffs against Linden and Phillipsburg. Against Linden, Rob responded by rushing for 176 yards and two touchdowns, leading the Cougars to a 30-12 upset win against Linden in the first round of the playoffs. In addition, Rob also played well at his defensive end position, recording five tackles and a batted ball, leading a defense that kept Linden out of the end zone until the last play of the game — the other score was on the opening kickoff. At Phillipsburg, against the first-seeded Stateliners, Rob rushed for 106 yards and had five tackles in a game that the Cougars only trailed 7-0 after three quarters, before falling 21-0.”
— Coach Erik Rosenmeier

What is your favorite part of football?
“My favorite part about football is working hard with teammates and coaches towards a common goal. There is nothing better than the high energy our school and community creates on Friday nights at Memorial Field!”

In what way has the sport benefited you?
“The coaches have taught me many lessons and life skills, such as discipline, integrity and teamwork, which have made me a better man and have prepared me for the real world.”

What is your biggest challenge in football?
“The biggest challenge for me in football is dealing with the daily grind, on top of schoolwork, while trying to stay healthy and avoid injury. But I love the journey.”

How do you get ready for a football game?
“All week I visualize success. The team always listens to music in the locker room after school, then I get taped by Mr. C and, after, we have position meetings. Coach Rosenmeier gathers us in the weight room before every game, to inspire us and to help us stay focused with the task ahead of us.”

What’s your favorite memory of this season?
“My favorite memory of this season is coming back in the fourth quarter to beat Summit on senior night. “

Who are your favorite professional athletes?
“My favorite professional athlete is Walter Payton, because he had a tremendous work ethic and always strived to be the greatest he possibly could be.”

What other hobbies do you have?
“I like to play Madden and go fishing.”

What are your plans after high school?
“I plan on continuing my academic and athletic career at the next level.”

What is your favorite subject in school?
“My favorite subject in school is environmental science.”

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