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Minneapolis’ Ryan Parks – Athlete Spotlight Presented By American Family Insurance, Scott Ausherman

By Hayden Swope

Ryan Parks, a football athlete at Minneapolis, was a second team all-league secondary selection last season, and with a position change over the offseason, he hopes to continue his accomplishments for his senior year. 

“As far as some of my personal goals, this is my first season playing defensive end, and I have enjoyed it so far as it has increased my knowledge of the game,” Parks said. “As a student of the game I have enjoyed learning more about the defensive line and getting a better understanding of the game and how it is played in the trenches. I also have my sights set on the school’s single season sack record. The record sits at six, and I recorded four through the first five games.”

With the end of the regular season right around the corner, Parks knows that game one of the season will be one he always remembers. 

“There have been a lot of memorable moments so far this year but beating Sacred Heart on senior night, which was also our home opener, was a great one,” Parks said. “That was personally one of my better games but the whole team played awesome and we were able to get a huge win against a good team. Needless to say we were pretty hype in the locker room afterwards.”

Even though football has been a big part of Parks’ life, he is still deciding on whether to continue playing or not after high school while continuing his education.

“As for my future plans, I’m still debating between playing football next year or just being a college student,” Parks said. “I’m not sure what college I want to attend yet and I have explored a few careers in finance, medicine, and law.”

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