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Jerrel Britto

January 17, 2014

  

How did you become a professional soccer player? “I became a professional footballer from coming through the ranks of the youth system of a club which was san Juan Jabloteh, playing all the youth divisions and they saw the talent i had so they recruited me into the senior ranks and that’s how i got the opportunity of being a professional player.”

 

How was being on a professional soccer team different from your earlier experiences playing soccer? “There is always a difference between a coaching school and being in a professional team because you are learning the basics and fundamentals of the game but while in the professional forum you have to be able to adapt to anything and everything and have to be ready.”

 

Did you have to work any other jobs while you were playing soccer, or was soccer your primary occupation? If you did have other jobs, what were they? “ From small I've always wanted to be a pro footballer so from finishing school I went straight into being a pro.”

 

Did you feel like you had the community’s support? Why or why not? “Growing up around a community of where most of them are your family members it is easy to be supported but there are also others that keep a close eye on the icons of the community.”

 

How would you describe the relationships between team members in your soccer club? “ I was always the friendly funny type of person so I tend to make everyone laugh and keep everyone comfortable around me and that’s what we have in my team that oneness and unity. If you need to see us together you could always catch us in some park or on some beach or even a party because building that togetherness is key to go on the field and play with a love.”

 

Are there any specific individuals on your team that stand out in your memory? Why are these people significant? “Clyde Leon is one player I look up to and stay close to because he is a player that gives you motivation and makes you feel to play and never give up on football on and off the field he tends to find the good out of every situation no matter how bad it is. He always let me know to if I miss a chance to get up and go again because I have the talent to score goals and it would always come again. There are always those that stand out among the rest and that is how I see him and his significance around me and not only me but the team is very highly praised because he is always there for you once you call him or even message him about the game or anything.”

 

Have you stayed in contact with former teammates? “ This world of social networking it’s so easy to contact your past friends players or colleagues and that’s how I've been we talk whenever from my coaching school (Family soccer coaching academy) teammates to my former club San Juan Jabloteh.”

 

Did becoming a professional soccer player change your life or your family’s life off of the soccer field? “  There are the perks of being a professional footballer and there are its disadvantages of being one also because you're always in the light have to carry yourself a certain way in the public or how you deal with certain situations. My family got accustomed to answering “Britto is your son or Britto is your brother?” they ain't going to be phased by it though because they’re humble people and that’s what kept my feet on the ground and not let the fame get the best of me.”

 

Are there any specific individuals on your team that stand out in your memory? “ Clyde Leon is one player I look up to and stay close to because he is a player that gives you motivation and makes you feel to play and never give up on football on and off the field he tends to find the good out of every situation no matter how bad it is. He always let me know if I miss a chance to get up and go again because I have the talent to score goals and it would always come again. There are always those that stand out among the rest and that is how I see him and his significance around me and not only me but the team is very highly praised because he is always there for you once you call him or even message him about the game or anything.”

 

Do any particular events from your time as a professional soccer player stand out in your memory? What are they, and why were they significant? “     I was 16 and played a qualifier against power-house Jamaica and in extra time I scored the goal that literally killed all their hopes of coming back,I cried like a newborn baby after the final whistle because it sent us to the next rounds which was in mexico and seeing my family when I walked out was the greatest joy to me.”

 

What did you enjoy most about your time as a professional soccer player? “TRAVELLING!! It’s a great feeling when you know the talent you were blessed with could carry you to countries you would not imagine to reach.”

 

What did you enjoy least about your time as a professional soccer player? “That feeling of defeat knowing you worked so hard and you tried everything possible ran hard played to your best and in the end still come out on the losing side.”

 

Are there any other stories you would like to share or topics you would like to discuss? “ Would just like to give a word of advice to those that are sportsmen or sportsmen that want to choose sports as their career to continue going at it there would be a lot of obstacles may present itself injury, personal problems, not being favoured but this is when the mind comes in and always keep in your head its bad mind that makes you a sportsman.”

 

 

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