Meet the captains of the 2021 Varsity Football Program!
Declan Byle '22
From Northville, MI
Attended Hillside Middle School (Northville)
Coach Anderson on Declan: "As the QB, he is already the leader of the offense. His teammates see him as the person that makes the offense go. He has been a part of the varsity team all four years of his career, started as a sophomore and has greatly matured over the last four years. His leadership is second to none."
Sean Field '22
From Novi, MI
Attended Bronwell MS (Grosse Pointe)
Coach Anderson on Sean: "As the first two year captain in CC football history, he is a true leader. Sean leads by example and works extremely hard. His actions make others want to follow him into competition. He is a force to be reckoned with at the defensive end spot."
Mohamed Jaffer '22
From Dearborn, MI
Attended Unis Middle School (Dearborn)
Coach Anderson on Mohamed: "Mo is a quiet leader. As a two way starter the last two years, his work ethic is second to none. Mo is a force on both sides of the ball and will carry the ball for us when we need a big play. On defense, as a third year starter, he makes plays and is a true leader that others want to follow."
Jayson Saad '22
From Northville, MI
Attended Hillside Middle School (Northville)
Coach Anderson on Jayson: "Jayson is a selfless leader. He will do anything to make the team better. He is a two year starter on the offensive line. Moving from right guard to center this year, he is the leader of the offensive line, and makes all the calls and adjustments during the games. He is a great example of “it’s not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”
We asked the guys a number of questions about the team, their own experience at CC, and any advice they might have for potential Shamrocks...
What was your first reaction when you heard you had been named a captain?
Byle: I was very honored to be selected as a captain. Athletic accolades mean a lot when you succeed on the field but it's an even better feeling when your peers look at you as an example.
Field: I felt excited and pumped to be named captain once again being the first 2 time varsity football captain. I also felt humbled to have been voted once again as captain.
Jaffer: I was welcomed by the team and soaked it all in when I had the time.
Saad: When I heard I was a captain I was very excited. When Coach Anderson announced my name I was overwhelmed with a lot of emotion as well. It’s a big deal to be named a captain for the football team at CC. So many legends and great players have been captains here so it’s truly an honor to walk in their footsteps.
As a captain, what additional responsibility do you feel toward the team?
Byle: I feel as if I am held to a higher standard. They selected me because I do the right things. This means I must stay on that path and continue to do the right things.
Field: As captain I feel an added necessity to look out for everyone on my team both on and off the football team, so that I can guarantee the success of all of us as a unit.
Jaffer: I feel that it’s my role to set an example and to show them the way things are supposed to be done.
Saad: I feel it’s my responsibility to keep the team going and not fall off. To be a great example for the team. I’ve always been a leader so it’s just my natural personality, but being a captain you have to take that extra step. Keeping our team together and locked in throughout the season is very important to see the results that we want.
What goals have you set for this season, both as a team and individual?
Byle: State Championship. We want to be the first CC team in 12 years to bring home a ring.
Field: Individually I have set goals to get better with each and every game and to maintain the respect of my peers. As a team our ultimate goal is to win states, yet we also hope to create unbreakable bonds and memories that we can look back to and remember with joy and pride.
Jaffer: As a team our goals are simple, win a state championship. Individually I’d like over 1000 all purpose yards and to be if not the best one of the best backs in the state.
Saad: Goals as a team is to win a State Championship. That’s the ultimate goal for everybody on the team. As individual goals I don’t want to let up any sacks this year, get over 20 "pancake" blocks, and get 6 sacks this season.
What are your best memories of competing for Catholic Central?
Byle: My best memory was my first start on varsity my sophomore year. It was Boys' Bowl against Rice in the pouring rain and we won a gritty 7-3 game. It was a very gratifying feeling that I'll never forget.
Field: My best memories of competing at Catholic Central consist of overcoming tribulations as a team, whether it's a hard practice or a tough loss.
Jaffer: Boys bowl win in 2020 and beating Davison this year.
Saad: Some of my best memories so far are winning the Catholic League 3 years in a row in my football career, and beating Brother Rice. Brother Rice vs. Catholic Central is one of the best rivalries in the country, and beating your rival and having a great game is always memorable.
What are the most important lessons you've learned through competing at Catholic Central?
Byle: Through competing at CC, I've learned that success comes from toughness and mentality and not always ability.
Field: The most important lessons I've learned are that in order to succeed you must trust your teammates, persevere, and be competitive in everything you do.
Jaffer: Hard work. Commitment. Leadership
Saad: One of the most important lessons I’ve learned is to never let up and keep working hard. And to come in the season with a great mindset. If you put in the time and work hard and have a positive attitude, you will find success in life.
What advice would you give a student who is considering attending Catholic Central?
Byle: For anyone considering CC, I would ask them if they want to be different and challenge themselves and make themselves better or if they want to be ordinary. If they did choose to attend CC, I would say you have to be all in on the valiant blue and peerless white.
Field: If you're planning on attending CC I recommend that you buy in completely and give it your all, because the only person you're cheating is yourself. So buy in and be competitive.
Jaffer: Don’t pass up the opportunity. You carry this school with you everywhere you go, even after your time is up at CC.
Saad: My advice I would give is to work hard and have fun. Do your best at doing all your homework and studying. Work hard at your athletics. But have fun too, go to all the sporting events, join a club, etc. CC is an amazing school, so don’t take that for granted and enjoy every moment.
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