By Jeffrey Williams-Maisonet
Arverne resident Christian Izien is on his way across the Hudson River to join the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.
The Erasmus Hall Senior had an incredible high school career totaling 5 interceptions and 62 tackles as a Free Safety. Not to mention, 7 touchdowns resulting in a kick return.
Izien was offered a full scholarship to join Rutgers Football Program, formally known as the “Birthplace of College Football”. Shortly after, Izien and his team at Erasmus made the PSAL Championship Game at Yankee Stadium this past fall against Curtis High School.
Head Coach Danny Landberg of Erasmus, is known to bring big talent and scouts to his program. Big college football coaches like Urban Myer from Ohio State, and Jim Harbaugh of Michigan.
“To be able to help these kids get out of New York City, have an opportunity to see how life is lived outside of here, give them a free education and not to have to worry about the debt afterward, it’s one of the best things you can do,” Landberg said.
“I gave him good advice and listened, and I am proud of him.” “I think I will see him on the New York Giants or Pittsburgh Steelers.” “One final word, for parents, invests in your children and if you can, find some time and mentor a child who needs a dad,” said Edwin Williams.
“I am very excited to see him play at Rutgers being a division 1 athlete myself.” Edwin Williams, President of Palmers Landing Homeowners Association and former Head Coach of the Rockaway Ravens.
Skys the limit for Izien as he continues his journey on the field, and in the classroom. We wish Christian Izien the best of luck and we’re sure he is a hero and inspiration to many young people in the Rockaways.
To watch some of Christian Izien’s highlights, click the following links below.
Video Credit to Hudi.
Photo by C.J Smith