Name: Sean Murphy
School: Concord High School
Sports: Football, Baseball
CONCORD, CA (Sept. 15, 2022) — “As a kid I remember going to Concord High football games and wishing that was me out there, so this whole experience has been something of a dream come true and I cannot believe it’s almost coming to an end,” says senior football and baseball player Murphy. And he is living out a dream millions of girls and boys experience growing up and watching the “big kids” play sports at their local high school.
For coach Paul Reynaud’s football players, this year might be something special. After enduring back-to-back one-win seasons, the Minutemen are off to a hot start this year with three straight wins.
Murphy is the team’s middle linebacker (he was first-team all-Diablo Athletic League as a junior) and tight end. He was called up to varsity for the final two games as a freshman and then in the shortened pandemic-mandated spring football season his sophomore year he was the starting varsity quarterback.
Reynaud says, “The best compliment I can give Sean is that he loves football. He is checked in at all times, practice, weight room, film. Sean is a great leader and strives to make everyone around him better.” The two-year team captain says, “I really enjoy going out on the field and getting to play this great game with my friends every day. We have a different atmosphere around the team this season and after a poor outcome last year, we seem really determined to turn this ship around. It’s been a blessing to be a part of this program for the past four years.”
Baseball coach Matt Harrod looks forward to having Murphy pitch and roam the outfield next spring after his second-team all-DAL performance last season. Harrod adds about the Concord senior, “Not only does he excel on the field, but also in the classroom with an overall GPA of 4.28!” Murphy says he “doesn’t have any concrete plans after graduation right now” but he’s looking at going to community college for two years and then transferring to a university.
The Pioneer congratulates Sean and thanks Athlete Spotlight sponsors Dr. Laura Lacey & Dr. Christopher Ruzicka who have been serving the Clayton and Concord area for over three decades at Family Vision Care Optometry.
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