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One final curtain call for the seniors on Magia Day

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One final curtain call for the seniors on Magia Day

By Bing Haarhuis
The Daily Magi
November 14, 2045

Mitakihara Magi football senior cornerback Lee Matthews works hard in the classroom and on the field. A student of the game, Matthews has a 3.87 GPA and is expected to graduate on time. He also is tabbed as a mid-first-round NFL Draft pick by a number of news sources. Matthews will be one of a number of seniors that will be honored this week on Magia Day 2045 against the Air Force Falcons, honoring the star-studded Class of 2046.

When asked of his thoughts regarding his career, Matthews simply beamed and was very reflective of what he wanted to accomplish.

"I'm a sociology major, and I want to teach sociology at a local high school in Mankato when I am finished playing in the pros," said Matthews in an interview at Hakurei Centre. "One of the things I like about Mitakihara are the teachers. The classes here encourage the students to think for themselves about a variety of topics regarding the world we live in and solutions that are effective in our society.

"When I first arrived on this campus, I was amazed by the reception I got. This is a college town full of outgoing people. Because I am part of the football team, I get treated like royalty. Sometimes it can be excessive for my taste, but that's what happens when you are among the best to play the game of football.

"I like working hard to earn my rewards. My father is a construction worker and a disciplinarian. He always told me to never, ever, ever take anything for granted, and to work hard to earn your pay. So even if I don't have anytime to do, I find something to do to keep my mind and body in shapen, whether that's working out or going on a cardio run.

"Over the course of my career as a cornerback, I've made my share of mistakes, but I've also made my share of big plays to help my team. What I want to do now is finish my career on a winning note and win another national title for the team. I want to earn my degree and then prepare for a career playing football in the NFL. Hopefully I can get at least four or five years playing at the highest level before becoming a full-time teacher.

"So whenver I have a plan laid out like this, I'm gonna make it a priority to follow the plan and try to not deviate from it. I know there will be roadblocks that will arise. The challenge is to overcome these roadblocks and come out of any difficulty a stronger, more resilent individual. I plan to make my parents proud, my university proud, my wife Janet proud, and myself proud. It's all part of the plan."

Kickoff for Air Force vs. Mitakihara at Mitakihara Stadium will take place at 1 p.m. PT/4 p.m. ET and will be televised by TSN, ESPN2, NHK and BBC.

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