EL PASO, Texas (CBS4) — The high school football season won't just be about blocking and tackling for Jefferson High School football player Miguel Armendariz.
The senior offensive lineman is dedicating the season to his mother, who passed away from a sudden heart attack this past December.
It’s my last season and I’m trying to play my best especially for her because she would always go to my games, my family would always go to my games," Armendariz said. "She was a big supporter, ever since I was a little kid playing Pee Wee football.
But life has really become difficult for Armendariz and his family since the coronavirus pandemic. Their family-owned salon was forced to shut down, his self-employed father has seen business decrease, and his brother got laid-off.
"The income just went to zero in days, so I went and got a job to try and help out," Armendariz said.
He took a job as a landscaper which requires waking-up at 5 a.m. and working in 100-degree temperatures. Football, however, is something he uses as an escape.
“Once you put the pads on, your mind clears out and when you’re playing and you hear the crowds, it’s the greatest feeling ever," Armendariz said. "There’s nothing you can compare it with, it’s my life.”
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