Posted by Jesse Northridge at 6/13/2012
I'm Jesse Northridge and I graduated in 2007. I primarily played inside linebacker and my fondest memories come from times when I was given the opportunity to call the defensive plays.
I also remember some of the speeches Coach Beidler used to give. He understood that high school football meant more than wins and losses. It was about the people who helped you - teammates, parents, water girls, trainers - everybody. He also understood that it could develop character. Losses were hard, but it was about getting back up and playing the next down, preparing for the next game and never accepting defeat.
When my dad died a year after high school, there were countless people supporting me and helping me to overcome the tragedy. I also broke my neck two years ago and I firmly believe that the same dedication it took to get through practices and everything else we did is the same dedication it took for me to be able to walk again.
After graduating from NL, I played for one season at Juniata College. I graduated from Juniata in May of 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology. I moved back to Jonestown and have been working with kids that have autism and various other mental disorders.