Hundreds of Uvalde High School athletes were honored at the 2017 UHS Sports Banquet staged Tuesday night in the Uvalde County Fairplex.
Highlighting the event sponsored by the Uvalde Athletic Booster Club was the featured speech delivered by Roland Ramirez and the presentation of special awards.
Ramirez, the Associate Head Athletic Trainer and Director of Rehabilitation for the Houston Texans, gave a speech that focused on the hard work necessary to become successful.
He spoke of his days of growing up in Uvalde and his enjoyment of playing various sports.
“I was fortunate enough to play Little League baseball and to be on a team that advanced to state at Waco,” said Ramirez.
“In junior high and in high school, I played all the sports, including football, basketball, baseball, track, and cross country,” said Ramirez. “And I can tell you that there is nothing like putting a football beating on Kerrville Tivy!”
Following high school, Ramirez played football at Texas Tech University as a walk-on player.
After playing football awhile, Ramirez said that he decided to hang up his cleats in order to focus on his education.
“I had to work hard. The courses were tough, especially biology,” said Ramirez. “There were many times when I put off going out with friends in order to study. But that’s what you have to do.”
Ramirez eventually received his degree and worked for the Tennessee Titans and the Atlanta Falcons before joining the Houston Texans.
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