CHICO, Calif. -- Pleasant Valley senior Sean Saise practices ten times a week for hours a day to make his dreams come true.
“Football is more than a sport to me it’s a lifestyle. I’ve been playing since I was five, so this is my 12th season,” said Sean. “It’s weird, this is my first fall not playing.”
Despite that the wide receiver’s work netted him four scholarship offers from Pacific University, Whittier College, Culver Stockton and Puget Sound.
“I feel like I can do anything at this point,” Sean said. “It was a feeling that you could only feel once really. I wasn’t really expecting it, it was kind of out of the blue.”
Years of hard work finally paying off. But Sean said it’s a moment in time he wanted to experience with the one who helped him get him there.
“He was like the first person I called because the rest of my family was there when I got them so it was hard though because we would always talk about it, like when that offer was going to come,” Sean said.
Sean’s father is a fire captain for CAL FIRE Paradise and he’s been gone for ten days due to the fires burning across the state. But Wednesday, Alejandro Saise came home.
“It’s always hard,” said Alejandro. “That’s why it was great to get off this morning and come home, sometimes when you miss a lot of time with your family you miss them a lot.”
Sean says his father was his first coach and continues to be his mentor even when away. Sean contacts him after every update.
“It would’ve been nice to see it in person but it’s part of the game and life of being a firefighter, but I’m proud of him either way,” said Alejandro.
As a frontline worker, Alejandro instilled in his kids to never give up, never lose sight. Sean never did especially during these trying times.
“It hurts us seniors especially during these times, it hurts me especially knowing that my dad is on shift more than half the month at this point, but you can’t really get down on yourself at the end of the day you have to push through.”
Sean says this is just the beginning. He’s a fighter, just like his dad.