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Plant City Observer Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 11 months ago

Athlete of the Week: Christian Ganley

Christian Ganley is a leader for the Plant City Dolphins.
by: Justin Kline Sports/Associate Editor

Though Christian Ganley only recently joined the Plant City Dolphins, his coaches say he quickly made an impact with the Junior Varsity team. They said Ganley, a fullback, does all the little things right on and off the field and has become a team leader. He also led the team in prayer each week.

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How long have you been playing football?

This is my sixth year playing. This is my first year playing for the Plant City Dolphins.


Where were you before?

I was at the Pinellas Park T-Birds up in Clearwater.


So you guys moved here.

Yes, sir. We just moved here.


What’s different about playing for the Dolphins?

There’s unlimited weight. At the other league, people were faster. But over here, people hit a little bit harder.


What made you get into football six years ago?

Honestly, I can’t remember. But I like it. I like the hits, the plays, it’s just really fun.


What positions do you play?

Right now I’m playing fullback and a little bit of lineman.


What’s your favorite?

Probably fullback … I get the ball.


What did you learn from the Dolphins’ playoff loss to the Cowboys? What are you going to keep in mind for next time?

Our line, we’re doing really good. We’re stepping up a lot. Our receivers, we’re doing really good. We just need a little bit more work and we can make it.


I see you have a leadership role on the team. How do you rally your teammates to get everybody focused on the game?

Always encouraging. You never bring them down. Every time you bring them up you make sure you’re speaking to everybody — not just one person.


Do you play any other sports?

Not that I’m good at.


What’s the best advice a coach has given you?

Just keep your head up and keep encouraging everybody.


What are your favorite college and pro football teams?

The Miami Hurricanes and the Miami Dolphins.


Who’s your favorite player?

Ray Lewis. He’s a big hitter. I love him.


What advice would you give to someone coming out to play for the first time?

You’ve got to train. It’s about footwork, determination and hard work.


What’s been your favorite moment with the Dolphins so far?

Just the experience. A whole bunch of kids that come together from almost nothing to being all the way up there.


What’s the most fun moment you guys have had?

Probably making the playoffs, coming together, just being a team.

Justin Kline is the Sports/Associate Editor at the Plant City Observer. He has been covering all things sports-related in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World since 2013.

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