Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (West Coast): Belmont Bulldog, Gaede, on path to learn all he can

Belmont Bulldog, Isaiah Gaede, has earned a few accolades in his ten years of playing football. In 2009, he was awarded the Practice Player of the Year (awarded to the player demonstrating outstanding dedication and teamwork through effort and attendance), and in 2011, he won the Heart of the Warrior award (selectee embodies the spirit of teamwork and effort).

It’s no wonder then when this 5’6, 136-pounds athlete who plays receiver and free safety, says that he wants to be the best he can and to continue to learn all he can about football. He hopes that the CFCFPC will generate interest and increase his exposure. He also wants to develop his football abilities.

But why does Isaiah put in the time needed to excel at the sport he loves? He says, “I love to play football because I love contact sports and I get to participate with my friends/teammates in a highly competitive environment.” 

Since I was very small, I watched football with my dad. When I turned seven, I had the opportunity to play with the Westshore Warriors in a full-tackle, community spring league. My first practice was in freezing rain and I was a helmet shorter than all the other kids. I loved it anyway and I’ve been learning and playing ever since both in Canada and the USA,” he said. 

Football’s competitive environment demands that physical training and preparation are done in the off-season. Gaede says he will be lifting weights, doing sprints, studying the playbook, and running routes weekly.

I find coaching helps maintain my fundamental abilities,” he adds. Isaiah will be an assistant coach this year for minor football in addition to his already jammed schedule. 

While he looks up to players like Nik Lewis who he says “is the only Receiver I’ve ever seen that hits harder than a lineman”, Isaiah also recognizes that Lewis is an emotional and inspirational leader for his teammates. 

Isaiah Gaede
Position(s): REC, Free safety
Ht/Wt: 5’6, 136lbs
Teams: Westshore Warriors, Oak Harbor Wildcats (Washington), Belmont Bulldogs
Class: 2019

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