FATHER AND DAUGHTER — Sammy Diaz on the field with his little girl Jazmyne, 5. (Photo submitted)
Diaz represents Utica Yard Dogs on winning U.S. team at Globe Bowl
Sammy Diaz, a player for the Utica Yard Dogs football team represented the winning United States team on Sept. 1 in the Globe Bowl, an annual post-season football all-star game featuring standout college seniors and pro free agents that showcases a Team America team vs Team World an international all-star game with players from Mexico, Canada, Europe, North America, the USA, and more.
“I had about four catches for over 40 yards,” Diaz said after the game.
“We were very excited for Sammy,” said Yard Dogs head coach Frank Palmisano, “He is extremely talented and a great representative for the Yard Dogs. I knew he was going to do well.”
“It feels good to come to Canada with people I’d never met and in two days make a family,” Diaz said after the game, “Can’t move the ball down the field without your team. That’s what football is all about to me.”
Sammy has played football from the time he was in the seventh grade straight through to his graduation from SUNY Morrisville with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Psychology. Playing for his college he won the Liberal Arts Athlete of the Year award in 2016 and 2017 and was named the Morrisville “Special Team Player” for the 2015-2016 season.
“Playing for the Yard Dogs is definitely an amazing opportunity,” Diaz said. “I get to play with a lot of people that just love the game and don’t want to finish. I want to continue working on my craft and continue training. I want to help this team in any way they need me.”
According to coach Palmisano, Diaz is not only a great asset to the team, he’s a great person. “We use him on both sides of the ball, but the nice thing about Sammy is he’s also a great dad and husband.”
The Utica Yard Dogs next game is Saturday, Sept. 8 at where they will take on the Hudson Valley Mountaineers at Faller Field, 30 Gardner Ave. Ext., Middletown, NY.