SARASOTA — It was the first day of a new beginning.
But for Gerome Howard, the thought of trading in the diamond for the gridiron proved nothing short of daunting.
Everyone always assumed the then Sarasota High freshman played football because of his frame; but in reality, Howard actually knew next to nothing about his new sport.
Howard attended his first football practice with the Sarasota Seminoles two years ago and was quickly dubbed a lineman.
“I was scared that first day because I didn’t know anybody,” Howard says. “I didn’t really like it. I didn’t like all of the running, and I didn’t want to hurt other people because I was so much bigger than everyone else.”