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Athlete Profile: Sean Chopoff’s journey to recovery

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Ishaan Abhyankar
Junior Sean Chopoff blocks Sequoia Ravens player on the opening kickoff while trying to tackle the opposing player.

Getting tackled every day and not knowing the outcome of the next play can be a dangerous task. However, athletes like Carlmont junior Sean Chopoff consider this a minor obstacle compared to their greater love for the game. 

Having played football since his freshman year, Chopoff aspired to excel in the sport throughout his high school career. 

“I just had an interest in the sport and I liked seeing that football needed hard work and dedication. I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, so I gave it a try in ninth grade,” Chopoff said.

During his first year on varsity football, Chopoff experienced the highs and lows that come with playing the sport of football. During a scrimmage against Burlingame, Chopoff, playing defensive end, attempted to make a move on an offensive lineman from the opposing team. From this, he strained a muscle in his back and was sidelined from the team for a week. According to Chopoff, watching from the sidelines was far from fun.

In addition to his injury towards the beginning of the season, the inconsistent attendance of specific players at practices and weight training put a strain on the team, leading to the first five losses of the season.

“It was really hard because we only had 12 seniors show up. I had to take on more responsibility on and off the field,” Chopoff said.

While recovering from the injury, Chopoff had to modify how he approached daily life. Whether it was putting in extra hours in the gym or icing and resting for recovery, every day was a grind to get back on the field.

“I wanted to get better and practice, but I couldn’t with a hurt back. I would take hot baths to try and ease my back. It eventually worked,” Chopoff said.

According to his teammates and coaches, Chopoff’s hard work and dedication to the sport made him a valuable asset to the team. 

Being Sean Chopoff’s edge and rush coach has been a blessing.”

— Josh Hunter

“He is one of the most hardworking players on the team,” said Aaron Shelton, a junior tight end.

Chopoff looks forward to his final football season as he continues on his journey in hopes of playing NCAA Division I football in college.

“Being Sean Chopoff’s edge and rush coach has been a blessing,” said coach Josh Hunter. “Watching him develop and bounce back from things and his injury at the start of the season has been incredible.”

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Ishaan Abhyankar
Ishaan Abhyankar, Staff Writer
Ishaan Abhyankar (Class of 2026) enjoys soccer and is a staff writer for Scot Scoop. You can find him at the park playing soccer,  hanging out with his friends, or studying. He covers sports and is excited to go to soccer, football, and other sports games as a part of Scots Scoop.

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