Senior Jose De Los Santos signed his National Letter of Intent to play football at Westfield State University right before the April break. Surrounded by his mom, athletic director Jo Stuart and guidance counselor Ella Brandon, Jose was all smiles as he penned his name to the formal document. Jose is the first student from Cristo Rey Boston High School to head to college as part of a collegiate football program since the inception of the combined Cristo Rey Boston-Cathedral High School team.
For Jose, this represents a journey with many twists and turns. Originally hoping to attend Brighton High School in order to play football, his mom prevailed upon him to choose Cristo Rey Boston instead, and focus on the opportunities the work-study program would afford him. Jose works at MassCOSH (Coalition of Occupational Safety and Health), and credits them with helping him become a comfortable public speaker, since he often presents to groups of people on issues such as work-place safety and sexual harassment. Although unable to play football initially at CRB, Jose came to appreciate the nurturing atmosphere, where faculty was always on hand to help him succeed.
When Cristo Rey Boston and Cathedral High School decided to combine their football programs two years ago, nobody was happier than Jose, who now could add another activity to the list of things he liked about Cristo Rey. He was a starting tackle on both sides of the football, and quickly distinguished himself as a leader on the field. The team quickly found success on the grid, and everyone agrees the program is a win for both schools.
Jose is looking forward to the challenge of being a student-athlete and proudly wearing the uniform of the Westfield State University football team this fall.