From futbol to football
Longtime soccer player Gomez-Velez hits gridiron for Illinois Wesleyan
BLOOMINGTON – Growing up as a soccer player, Juan Gomez-Velez got a late start on football.
When the 2010 Riverside Brookfield grad found his friends were playing football, Gomez-Velez made the switch and continued his career in college. The defensive back is entering his senior season with Illinois Wesleyan this fall.
“I played soccer my whole life and right before high school started, I was still talking to the soccer coach and going to summer camp,” Gomez-Velez said. “I realized all my friends were going to play football because that’s what they did when they were little kids. I’m decently athletic, so I figured I’d give it a shot.
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