Eleanor Roosevelt senior Demetrius Hart spent two years on the varsity football team. During that time span, Hart was able learn a lot about himself and receive an experience he will cherish for the rest of his life.
“My experience here has been the best. I had some regrets, but it has helped me better myself to be a better young man and learn a lot,” Hart said. “Overall, I have had great experience and it has been good so far. I have had the best years here.”
Hart was an outside linebacker and slot receiver for the Raiders. He helped lead Roosevelt to a record of 8-4 before the team came up short to Dr. Henry Wise High School in the playoffs.
Hart says his best memory at Roosevelt was before the playoff game against Wise and his coach said “f*ck em and lets ball.” Hart credits a lot of his success to the coaching staff at Roosevelt.
“All of my coaches played a huge role and has influenced me,” Hart said. “From being hard on me to telling me well needed advice because I have never really had a father figure growing up.”
Hart will continue playing football at Bluefield College in Bluefield, Virginia. Prior to his decision, Hart had an offer from Clark Atlanta and interest from Concord University, and Elizabeth City State University. But there was one special thing that separated Bluefield from the rest.
“I agreed to further my education here [Bluefield College] because besides football they are not a huge university, so I feel I would grasp more knowledge and education and maintain focus,” Hart said. “On the football side, I believe I will greatly excel at my position in their defense since its so similar to the defense I played at Eleanor Roosevelt.”
Hart feels he has some things he needs to work on before stepping on the college campus. He is determined to work on his game during the summer.
“I plan on working harder more than I ever did. I will learn from my previous experiences of football and better myself as a player and as a person on and off the field,” Hart said. “I take nothing for granted and play my heart out every day because its more than a game, its personal.”