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Speaking With Naperville Central Athlete Aaron Nussbaum Class Of 2025 - Name You Must Know

So, in a way to better understand the use of Deep Dish Football for Illinois recruits and the whole entire IHSA Football scene. Decided to do player profiles of players who you might not know or you might know, but you should respect them for their roles on their respective teams. This is one of the many reasons why Deep Dish Football is respected in the IHSA. Every Football Player Has A Story To Tell

Aaron Nussbaum Naperville ATHLETE Class Of 2025 6'1 190

Aaron Nussbaum how has your season been so far? This season has been a great opportunity and experience for me so far. I began the year as the starting safety and switched positions after a teammates injury, and became the starting outside linebacker. All throughout summer we worked every day to become the best team we could be. Our coaching staff all summer has helped our team be prepared physically and mentally for this season. This is the first year I will be starting on defense after playing offense last year as a sophomore. Walking into our first game I was extremely nervous, I have been watching Naperville Central play since I was a little kid, I was a ball boy for the sophomore team for 5 years when I was younger because of my dad who is currently a coach at Naperville Central. This was going to be the first year I would get to play with my childhood friends and play alongside my brother at linebacker since I was a little kid. Hinsdale Central we walked into the game knowing it was going to be a tough game and a battle in the front. We won 14-10 after a very physical battle. Plainfield was our first home game of the year and there was going to be a huge crowd. I had a great game with multiple solo tackles, an 8 yard TFL and a pass deflection on the last defensive play of the game on 4th down to secure the game for a 6-3 win. We play Lockport week 3. What does football mean to you? Football has always meant the world to me. I started playing tackle football when I was 6 years old and have played 12 years since. I have always enjoyed being a part of a team and playing with some of my best friends. My dad put me in football because me and my brother would always get into fights and he wanted us to play something that we could get all of our anger out. My brothers have always had a huge influence on me. They both played football at Naperville Central and Wheaton College. When I was younger I always looked up to them and wanted to play high school football just like them. High school football has change my life entirely, not only as a football player but as a person. I will never be able to play football with my dad as my coach and my brother along side me at linebacker. Naperville Central has always been apart of my life, my dad has coached there for 42 years and has coached every single one of my siblings. I have met some of my best friends and Coaches I will hope to stay in touch with for many years to come. I have always loved football and hope to play for as long as I can. Football will always mean the world to me and will bring me great memories I will never forget these moments that it brings.

What should college coaches know about you? I will always be one of the hardest workers in the room. I am determined to be the best I can be and adapt and do whatever is needed for my team. I strive to be coachable and appreciate every coach I have ever had and what they do for me. I am extremely grateful for my family and the opportunities God had given me. I have a love for the game that will never go away and an appreciation for every blessing and opportunity I have ever been given. I want to be apart of a team that supports you through thick and thin and keeps each other accountable. Football will be a big part of choosing which college I attend. What has been your favorite memory so far this season? My favorite memory this year so far was the father son barbecue. Naperville Central has always done a great job showing how important your family is and showing your parents how much appreciation we have for them. I was given the opportunity to write a letter to my dad to tell him how much he meant to me and how much I loved him. The fathers also have the chance to write a letter back to their sons and tell them how proud of them they are. I grew up while all my siblings were in college and my closest friend in middle school was my father as he would coach all my sports and taught me how to really play football and what it meant to be a good teammate. It’s not very often you get to write a letter to your father and share that bond you have between each other. Not many people get the chance to have their father as a coach and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

What goals do you have for yourself rest of this season? As a team our goal will always be to go 1-0 every week. I hope to be All-Conference linebacker and All-Conference Academic. I want to finish the year without missing a single defensive or special teams snap on the year. I want to win a playoff game and and experience the playoffs with my teammates. I want to build a chemistry with my team and build a relationship with my teammates and coaches that we will have for the rest of our lives.

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