No matter the age or skill level, quarterbacks need all the off-field help they can get.
Top-flight QBs have a knack for making the difficult position look easy, but that’s typically the result of a strong support system enhancing natural ability.
With that in mind, meet Nick Andrasi.
During the 2013 season, Andrasi and the Good Shepherd Rams Pee Wee team went 1-8 in the CFA Football League, which is located in Central Pennsylvania.
Last summer, Andrasi attended his first NFA camp, in Baltimore. He’s continued training with NFA and Senior Certified Coach James Martinez in Pennsylvania and is a prime candidate for the exclusive Blackshirts program.
Working with NFA quickly paid off for the rising young quarterback.
‘A different kid’
“He handled the football really well this past season, and I attribute that with what he’s learned at NFA,” said Mark Andrasi, Nick’s father. “Having been at some different camps, I really liked what NFA is pushing. He was a different kid when he came out of the NFA camps.”
And the Rams were a different team in 2014.
With Nick Andrasi back at quarterback, they went 8-1 during the regular season, won two playoff games and advanced to the Super Bowl.
Andrasi rushed for 9 touchdowns, passed for 5 and even returned a kickoff for a
TD. At the end of the season, the 10-year-old was voted the Federal Conference League MVP.
Each team in the league selected three all-stars and one player was selected as the team MVP and nominated to be the league MVP in their respective divisions. The league coaches then voted and selected the league MVP.
“I was really happy about winning league MVP,” Andrasi said. “It made me feel great. My team really improved from last season and went to the Super Bowl and I won the MVP, so that makes it a really good season.”
While he excelled at quarterback even after frequently sitting out the second half of games due to lopsided scores, Andrasi also played defensive back and was the Rams’ kicker.
While the other teams in the league opted to run the ball for a 1-point conversion following touchdowns, the Rams were successful getting 2 points by kicking the ball. Andrasi converted on 10 kicks following TDs.
Home at QB
Andrasi has played football for three seasons, although his first year was cut short by a broken arm. He has played QB every season and shown steady improvement.
“Playing quarterback, I really like having the option of throwing the ball or running it,” Andrasi said. “I was really happy with the way I threw the ball this past season.”
Andrasi credits his training NFA for improving his throwing motion and footwork. He also learned how to properly read defenses and showed the leadership skills that are vital for a QB.
A strong understanding of the game at such an early age allowed the Rams to frequently run a no-huddle offense.
Like most standout players, Andrasi is not resting on his past success. He throws with his father every morning and is going to continue training with NFA and working on his game.
“I’m working on my passing and doing a lot of drills to help my throwing,” said Andrasi, who keeps in shape for football by playing soccer in the spring. “I need to keep working on my throwing motion and improve my footwork so I’m not throwing off my back foot.”
Coming off a monster 2014 season, Andrasi is working to be even more successful this year when he moves up to the Pony level with the Good Shepherd Rams.
“I want to keep working hard and get back to the Super Bowl again,” he said.