A former Corner for the Upper Iowa Peacocks, DaeJohn Love doesn’t want his football career to come to an end despite graduating from the Division II School earlier in 2013. He became one of the leaders of his team during his collegiate career, and has aspirations of once again suiting up, all he needs now is a spot on a roster.
Striving to his dream football dream alive, DaeJohn Love spends all of his time on getting better, making his dreams a reality. Hard work and dedication make him who he is. Wanting to become “the example to my city that it is possible to be somebody worthy if you work hard and keep faith in God” DaeJohn hopes to one day become an inspiration to everyone in his hometown of Waterloo, Iowa.
His senior year was one that didn’t end in the fashion that he envisioned for himself. A coaching staff that marginalized his value was not budging on including the athletic corner in their return game. After three years of hard work culminated by a strenuous workout over the summer that resulted in him entering the year in the best shape of his life, he was hoping to earn more touches on kickoff and punt returns. His athleticism never questioned, the coaching staff refused to budge on the situation. Failing to understand why he was being denied the opportunity despite all of his hard work and effort, he had a falling out with the coaching staff and eventually agreed to depart from the team with 3 weeks left in his senior season.
The coaching staff didn’t see this as enough to end the situation however. Highlight tapes and stats of DaeJohn Love were removed from the internet, hindering his future employment prospects in the world of football. Despite this obstacle, DaeJohn Love has remained focused and continues to strive to keep his football dream alive.
His athletic resume is stellar. A four sport athlete while attending Waterloo East High School, he starred in football, as well as basketball, soccer, and track. Not many people can say they are well rounded enough to play four sports in the same year, nor can many high schoolers handle the responsibility that comes with taking on such a full plate of athletics.
Believing that football is his “life’s calling” and that he is one of the “hardest working people in Waterloo” DaeJohn Love embodies the work ethic anyone coach would want in a player.
Physically, he is an extremely gifted athlete. At 5’10” 185 lbs, he has decent size for a corner. A 4.5 40 yard dash is nothing to scoff at either, showing that he can keep up with the quickest of receivers. Not many receivers will be able to match his strength in a jump ball situation either, he put up 20 reps of 225 lbs on the bench press earlier this year.
Furthering his impressive athletic resume, at 12 years old he was a training partner of former NFL punt returner J.J. Moses, a fellow Waterloo native. How many people can say they were able to work out with a professional athlete while in middle school? J.J. Moses is “like a brother” to him, his parents living just three houses down the road.
Graduating in 2013 has left him without a team, away from the game he loves. Talking with DaeJohn, one can’t help but become inspired by the passion that comes through every time he talks about his life goals. DaeJohn Love strives to make his football dream a reality, wanting to give his family everything he could only dream about having for himself. His degree in exercise sports studies ensures that he will be around the game for a long time, although at present he should be playing it instead of anything else.
He has tried out for the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL, as well as an AFL franchise without success thus far. Never discouraged, he will continue to strive to keep his football dream alive until he sees himself playing the game he loves professionally. All he needs now is a shot to prove himself to any team willing to let him. He won’t let them down, he’s worked too far to get to where he is today.
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