Football and Fashion - My Story
By Aaron Hernandez
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, I remember my favorite holiday was Christmas. It was not due to receiving gifts, but because I used to get dressed up in a fire truck red suit to match the colors of Christmas. Most kids don’t know what they want to do with their life at a young age. I did. I loved football playing pick-up games on my street. As I got older, I always picked out my clothes the day before school, and I really liked it. I loved fashion.
One summer, I made one of the hardest decisions of my life which was to leave my home town in Texas and move to Maryland and live with my dad. However, I did not know that I would have the opportunity of my life. Once I moved from Texas to Maryland, I was able to play every sport from volleyball, track, karate, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, to my favorite, football. I focused on football and feel it has made me the man I am today. My team defense coordinate always says “we don’t coach football, we coach lessons.” Something like that can mean taking a mistake and learning from it. It can also mean being late to lifts is the same as being late to work. It can also mean that missing your assignment is the same as not turning in a major work project. The list goes on of lessons that can be learned from football and have a direct correlation to real life.
I will be the first in my family to graduate from college with a bachelor’s degree. My major is fashion merchandising. I am so happy to be able to play football and pursue my passion for fashion here at Stevenson. One day, I will take all I have learned in the fashion program as well as on the football team and use it in my career. I hope to be a retail buyer or sales-rep, and eventually, a creative director of a fashion brand.