Plantation Football Player Scores Big On & Off the Field

Jake Goldberg recently graduated from Calvary Christian High School and has been recruited to play football for the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. Prior to graduating at the top of his class, the Plantation football player and honor student had the opportunity to represent the United States as part of American Football Worldwide (AFW) USA ELITE team.

The USA ELITE team was assembled from recommendations and nominations from high school coaches and from the Next College Student Athlete (NCSA) recruiting service. The roster was a true cross-section of the United States with every region and 14 states being represented.

Goldberg came to the AFW USA ELITE after a 10-2 season with the Calvary Christian Academy Eagles. Under the direction of head coach Kirk Hoza, Goldberg lined up at long snapper, left tackle and center. He then led the Eagles to the semi-finals of the playoffs. The dedicated lineman ranked as the third best long snapper in the state of Florida and was also rated ninth in all of 1A Florida High School Wrestling heavy weight division.

The selected team traveled to Italy for a week of educational touring while they also had the privilege of serving as ambassadors for American football. During the AFW Italian tour, practices took place at the start of each day so the remaining time could be spent visiting, learning, and experiencing the culture of the country.

They were able to take advantage of seeing many iconic historical structures such as the Roman Coliseum and Forum, the piazzas of Rome, Vatican City and St. Peter’s Basilica as well as the cities of Florence and Milan. The trip culminated with an international game against the national 19U team of Italy where they defeated the Italian U19 National Team 40-0 in Varese, Italy.

“Jake was tremendously reliable on our offensive front. When we needed some yards, we knew we could go behind him,” said AFW Head Coach Jim Barnes. “In addition, his long snapping work was very valuable leading to clean mechanics and no breakdowns in the phase. He admirably represented himself, his community, and our country. He will do the same as he moves on to the Air Force Academy.”

Aside from the gridiron and wrestling mat, Goldberg had success in the classroom where he completed his high school career as a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and an honor roll student with a GPA of 3.87.

“I felt honored to be able to play with such a group of talented players.  This was like the Olympics for football,” said Jake Goldberg. “The opportunity to represent my country in an international venue and to be an ambassador for the USA & American Football was an unbelievable experience. As a recruit for the United States Air Force Academy, I aspire to continue to proudly represent my country as an officer in the military, as a patriot, and as a football player.”