For first year Jet Willie Colon, playing in New York is a homecoming. Colon grew up in the Bronx, and talked with Ben Shipgel about growing up in what was a rough neighborhood and how his family made education a priority.
It was crucial for Davis and Willie Sr. that their sons attend Hayes, the all-boys Catholic school that produced Regis Philbin, Martin Scorsese and Don DeLillo, to reinforce the discipline they instilled at home. She paid regular visits to William Lessa, Colon’s guidance counselor at Hayes, to ask about grades, SAT dates, financial aid forms.
“There was no way these guys weren’t going to go to college and be educated,” said Lessa, now the principal at Hayes, as Colon nodded along in his office. “There was no way that they would be anything less than successful.”
C. J. O’Neil, the football coach, interjected. “And live.”
“And live,” Lessa said.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comWell done to Ben Shipgel for writing up this article. Well worth the read.