VANDALIA — Relentless. That’s how Varsity Football Coach Greg Bush describes senior nose tackle Vinnie Fiori. It was another “relentless” player who turned Fiori into a football fan at a young age.
“The first thing that drew me to football growing up was watching my favorite player, Justin Smith, playing for the Bengals. Every play, he flew around the field with intensity and creating chaos. He made it look like the most fun thing in the world,” Fiori said.
Now playing in his 11th season, he says it’s the discipline of the game that keeps him interested.
“A football team has to operate like a clock, with every part doing its job. If one guy out of 11 doesn’t do his job, then the play is over and the other team succeeds,” Fiori said.
As a captain, Fiori is an integral part of that team.
“He is an excellent leader. He has always worked hard at preparation and execution. He always plays every play like it’s the most important play of the game,” Bush said.
As for the future, Fiori plans to attend college, majoring in engineering. And?
“I will always watch football at any level of competition, whether it’s high school, college or professional.”
Reach the Vandalia-Butler City Schools at 415-6400.