Football practice started the last week of July or the first week of August. He had always wanted to play tackle football -- especially since two of his friends had been so involved with football the year before. I'm not sure he really loved the idea of playing football as much as he loved the allure of football.
Practices were two hours every day. They were conditioning and working hard in the hottest part of the summer. At this point, I really saw his weight coming off. He informed me when he hit 92 lbs. That was when I really started watching and worrying.