The 2016 Senior Perspectives is the 11th 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.
For a complete listing of 2016 Senior Perspectives, click here.
Scott Hosch, Football
Hometown: Sugar Hill, Ga.
House Affiliation: Cabot
“You can do this. You will do this. Let’s go boys. Crush Yale,” Coach Murphy closes out our final pregame meeting the day before the Yale game. I’ve heard these exact words multiple times, yet every single time I heard those words, I gained a sense of confidence. I started to believe in my teammates, my coaches, the process, and lastly, myself. I began to reflect on my four years as a Harvard football player and the changes that I have undergone. My time as a Harvard football player has taught me many things, but the greatest lesson I will take with me for the rest of my life is how to approach adversity.
How do we prepare for adversity? We will never be able to control every variable in life. Life will always throw daunting challenges our way unexpectedly. But what I love about the Harvard football program, and the game of football in general, is the simulation of facing and dealing with unexpected events. Whether it is a new blitz look from the opposing defense, playing with a sprained ankle, or walking through three feet of snow and sub-zero temperatures from the Quad to the Stadium at 5 a.m., you quickly learn to embrace life’s adversity. Embracing life’s adversity was never easy, but for my teammates and for this football program, I would do it over and over again.
Evaluating the “why” behind one’s actions can help drive one person through the worst of times. I always try to focus my “why” for football on the guys around me. I never questioned sleepovers in the locker room so that I could watch extra film. I never questioned rehabbing three times a day to ensure that I never missed a game with my best friends. I love my teammates. And I always will. My favorite moments from college will always be crashing Felipe’s rooftop after a win with the boys, investing into the spiritual lives of teammates through a Bible study, or competing in practice every day against the best defense in the Ivy League. My name will be removed from the record book within the next 15 years. No one in 30 years will remember that I won the Bushnell Cup. But my one hope from my time here is that my teammates know that I gave my all for them, and that I will always be there for them.
So, as my life proceeds away from Harvard, I will always cherish the opportunity to play football at the greatest university in the world. I have been very blessed to have been one of the 10,000 Men of Harvard. This program is far greater than any one individual or any one team, and I am humbled to have been able to contribute to something so rich with tradition. Wherever I go, and no matter what obstacles I approach, I will always hear Coach Murphy saying, “You can do this. You will do this. Let’s go boys. Crush ().” And in that moment I will know that I have 10,000 brothers to support me, and all the tools necessary to attack the moment with everything I have.