BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Binghamton High School football team is currently tied atop the Class AA standings in Section IV, with this week's Athlete of the Week at the helm, Dan Crowley.
"Yeah we were down by 20, but we never felt like we were out of it," said Binghamton Quarterback Dan Crowley.
It's been an up-and-down year for the Binghamton High School football team.
However, there was no greater example of the character and heart of this team than on the final day in September.
The Patriots trailed Elmira 32-12 in the 4th quarter, and Binghamton quarterback Dan Crowley took over from there.
"We got the ball back with about 50 seconds left, no timeouts. From there we just, it was a lot of adrenaline it's hard to even remember."
With 3 seconds left, the Patriots stood at the Elmira 8-yard line.Jaylin Ragsdale ran a slant route in the endzone where Crowley zipped one in for the game-winner to stun the Express and their fans.
Head coach Mike Ramil was very happy with the efforts of his team and quarterback, especially when it counted the most.
"He showed a tremendous amount of growth. He showed his growth as a leader. He showed his growth as being a good teammate. And really just running the offense the way it was supposed to be ran," said Ramil.
With a family history on the gridiron, it's no surprise that Crowley has been successful.
His grandfather played at Auburn, and his uncle at Alabama, both quarterbacks.
He also has two older brothers who played linebacker, with one playing at both Temple and Albany.
Dan says that he gets a great deal of inspiration from his family, as well as an NFL star who he models himself after, Drew Brees.
"He's been my favorite quarterback forever. That's why I wear number 9."
A New Orleans Saints fan, Dan enjoys watching his team play on Sundays.
But even with a busy week of school, football, and some much needed rest, he still finds time for his studies.
Crowley is a very bright student who's in several AP level classes.
He even took a couple review courses with coach Ramil at the high school, saying his coach may not be as intense as he is on the field, but he still has a passion for everything he does.
Coach Ramil was quick to return the compliment.
"He presents himself well. He has great manners. The players on the team love him, the coaches love him. So, he's a good young man on and off the field."
As for what Dan is looking to do after graduation in June?
He wants to go to college and study business while continuing his football career.
He even has life after college planned out.
"I want to be an entrepreneur. My grandpa and uncle, they've been very successful in business. I just want to go out and do my own thing, be a leader, be my own boss."
There's little doubt that Crowley will find success in whatever he does in the future.
And the future certainly looks very bright, for this very bright young man.
Crowley followed up that great game against Elmira with another superb effort against Johnson City this past Friday.
He threw for 239 yards with 4 touchdowns.
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