The 2017 Senior Perspectives is the 12th in a series of annual collections. Senior captains and representatives of teams at Harvard have been invited to contribute viewpoints based on personal experience from both their senior seasons and full varsity careers at Harvard.
Davon Robertson, Football
Hometown: Riverside, R.I.
House Affiliation: Mather
Harvard football has given me the experience of a lifetime. I would have never imagined my college experience to be filled with intellectual conversations and experiences with my brothers on my football team or the incredible people that I have met across the river. There is barely a day where I still cannot even believe that I am about to graduate from Harvard University and I constantly go back to the day where Coach Conlin, who is now the offensive line coach at Yale, called me where I was in my high school gymnasium and I thought he was talking about another type of “Harvard.”
The life skills I have learned through the program I believe will carry with me throughout my entire life. With the injuries I have received, I have had to make the most difficult decisions of my life, especially when it has come to concussions. I never thought I would have to make the decisions I had to make within my football career, but I truly believe it has made me a stronger and tougher person from them. After constant disappointment from injury after a stellar start of a freshmen year, I have learned the meaning of training adversity and overcoming troubling events, even if they almost sidelined my whole career.
My only wish is that I could do it over again and somehow not get injured, which I know is impossible, but to give my coaches and team more than I did. Again, the ability to come to Harvard University and make the friends of a lifetime I will always cherish. I have met and made extraordinary people, and I will never forget their stories. Games like my first one against Brown or the Dartmouth thriller my junior year will always be inscribed into my memory. The emotions of all the little moments with my teammates I will always reminisce to. I thank the athletic department, my coaches, admission, teammates and my family and friends for making this experience possible for me.