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From 'terrified' Rosemount freshman to bubbly senior

By Star Tribune, 08/10/12, 2:19PM CDT



Taji Onesirosan


Onesirosan is looking forward to his final season as a member of the Rosemount football team. Here is a look at Onesirosan, who also plays tennis for the Irish:

The best movie I've seen in the last year? "Remember the Titans."

Three words or phrases my friends or teammates might use to describe me? Leader; confident; effervescent.

Who do you like to follow the most on Twitter, and why? I like to follow @Fit_Motivator the most because all the tweets are awesome quotes that are encouraging to athletes like myself.

What is your most memorable moment as a high school athlete? When I was a sophomore and was able to be on the sidelines at Mall of America Field as our varsity football team competed for the state championship.

At my first varsity practice, I felt ... terrified.

What is your favorite meal before a game? Pulled pork, and a lot of it.

How do you balance school and sports during the year? I just keep going. From school to practice to homework to sleep, there's no time for anything else, but it's worth it.

If you could change one thing about high school sports, what would it be? All the rules. Let's just stick to the basics and play.

Who is your favorite college or pro sports team and why? Stanford is my favorite college. They have excellent academics and very good athletics, making it the best all-around university.

What is the best sports advice you ever received? "The harder you work, the harder it is to surrender." -- Vince Lombardi.


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