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Former college football player Isaiah Cruz has resurfaced in the Polish football league. The well-traveled ballplayer is proud of his Chamorro roots. The athlete provided us an update on his football journey.

By Michael Cruz

Former college football player Isaiah Cruz has resurfaced in the Polish football league. The well-traveled ballplayer is proud of his Chamorro roots and has provided GSPN an update on his football journey.

Nickname:  Crash or Cruz Missile

Age: 23

Height: 6’2 1/2

Weight: 215

Bench: 315

Squat: 410

40 yd dash: 4.45

Village:  Hagåtña

High School:  Hoboken High in Hoboken, New Jersey and Wakefield High, in Arlington Virginia.

College:  Chowan U.

Professional Team: Sopot Seahawks

Football Position:  RB, KR, PR, LB & FS

Favorite Chamorro Dish: Too many favorites to name one.

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GSPN: What is your connection to Guam?

IC:  I was born there but left at age four.

GSPN: What is your football background?

IC: I’ve been playing football since I was 12. I trained in different high schools and attended football camps with Temple and Rutgers.

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GSPN: How did you end up playing football in Poland?

IC:  I was playing for the National Kuwait team and working. My teammate is from Poland and invited me to try out. I made the team and decided to stay.

GSPN: What is your ultimate goal in the sport?

IC: To get Guam more exposure in football, to be the best, to help others, to live life doing what I love, and teach the game to developing nations in the sport.

GSPN: What has football taught you about life?

IC:  The game has taught me life is hard, but you still have to pick yourself up, to roll with the punches as they say. It turns you into a man without you knowing. I learned perseverance, discipline, respect, teamwork, work ethic, and coaching. Football has taught me a lot about life in general and just how to interact with different people worldwide.

GSPN: Any advice for the Guam Youth?

IC:  I’d love to come back home and see for myself. Keep striving for more not to many or none at all know of Guam, it’s like an unknown place to people. So to the youth of this sport, when you’re playing, hit harder, run faster, learn technique because it’s the key to a great ball player. Learn the tiniest details, and most of all believe in yourselves. Positive attitude is a strong tool the mind can use to push you through physical and mental adversity

GSPN: Anyone you would like to thank or mention for your success?

IC: So far most of all my mom, Irhoda M. Alston, my Rock, and my center, my backbone and lifelong supporter, it’s always been positivity when it came to me and my dreams. My defensive coach in Hoboken High School who taught me how to hit and level opposing players.

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