Dan Stoggard is a thirty-eight year old college basketball player. He plays for the Algonquin Thunder. Dan was a bus driver and he gained a lot of weight. He decided to enroll as a freshman at Algonquin and soon later he joined the basketball team. He was a huge guy who weighed over three-hundred pounds and he wore size 14 jordans. The story “Is it ever too late to pursue a dream” talks about his college basketball career and the struggles he faced.
The quote “I spent a long part of my life not knowing what I wanted to do, or how I wanted to be perceived, or the legacy I want to leave behind,” is said by Stoggard. He proves that he wants to do something with his life. He is in his forties and he is putting a tremendous amount of pressure on his body. “Aging athletes have more time to accumulate injuries, and the compensations to their body are greater.” But their are good things he did with this like”he has also already lost nearly 150 pounds pounds in a 12-month period”
Joe Thomas Sr. made college football history by appearing as a running back for South Carolina State. Thomas at the age of 55 is believed to be the oldest player to participate in a Division I football game. This is another story of a middle aged person playing college sports. Dan Stoddard is younger than Joe Thomas Sr. but when he started was overweight which made this a lot harder on him.
I think that Dan stoddard should keep puruing his dreams but when his health is on the line I feel like that is a time to stop before a serious injury occurs. “I’d love to see where my body can take me,” he said. “But I’m also a realist. Trevor has told me I have a spot on the roster until I don’t want it anymore, but I know the toll it is taking on my body. I know the pain that will come, the possibility of knee and other problems. I just want to know if I am this close [to playing professionally] or this good now, how good would I have been at the age of twenty, if I was training every day? I can keep up with guys half my age — after another six months of training, am I going to be faster? Stronger? I want to keep seeing.” Dan talks about how basketball might affect his career.
I think Dan Stoddard is gonna keep proving people wrong and continue with his dreams. He may be in his forties but he can still use his effort and his determination to show people what he can do.