The Endicott football team’s fall season didn’t go as planned due to the coronavirus pandemic, but senior Jake Woods is grateful for his last four years in Beverly.
Joining the football program in 2018, the New York native joined a roster of talented and determined individuals.
Woods has suited up in 21 games for the Blue and Green and has been a part of some program-defining victories including 2019’s New England Bowl win over Dean.
The lineman said his favorite memory as a Gull was beating Western New England during his sophomore season. His reasoning: the Gull faithful.
“Just the whole atmosphere of the whole day was electric to say the least,” Woods said.
Throughout all of the games, practices, and workouts, Woods said he’s taken a lot out of his time at Endicott. Competing on Saturdays is something he’ll never forget, but the program has affected him off the field as well.
“Personally, football has taught me a lot about perseverance through adversity both on and off the field which I believe will help tremendously in my career-- and is something I will carry on with me forever,” Woods said.
A big reason for that growth is due to the people around Woods. From his teammates to his coaches, he said he’s met some of his best friends on Hale Street.
“I’ve had some really great coaches along the way who have really had my back,” Woods said. I’ve learned a lot from Coach [Paul] Mcgonagle and Coach [Tyler] Armillay, my position coach, not just about football but about life in general and I sincerely believe that I am better set in life because of it.
Although he wishes last season was more mainstream, that doesn’t mean he didn’t take anything out of 2020. He described the last 11 months as a “learning experience,” and said the pandemic showed him what’s truly important in life.
“My biggest positive from Covid-- and 2020 in general-- was being able to spend more time with my family and having time to reflect on what I’m grateful for in my life,” Woods said.
Being a veteran of the program now, Woods was able to look back at his experience and said his biggest piece of advice for future players is to live in the present.
“Before you know it, it’s over and you’d do anything to throw the pads on one more time and run out there with your brothers by your side,” Woods said.
The finance major has about four months left as a Gull, and looks to graduate in May as a new man because of the Endicott football program.