Note: Ron Whiting, a 1990 Norwich High graduate, has returned to the gridiron for the love of the game. Here is an excerpt of the story that will appear in next week’s Evening Sun:
Former Norwich resident, Ron Whiting, never lost his love for the game of footbal. Nearly 20 years since he last played competitively, Whiting, a 1990 Norwich High School graduate, is now playing for the Watertown Revolution, a semi-pro team in the Northeastern Football Alliance.
The son of George and Joan Whiting – who still reside in Norwich – Ron Whiting was a two-time All-County lineman playing for Norwich, and he played one year at Canisius before giving the game up.
Through the social networking site, Facebook, Whiting enlisted in a fitness program under the tutelage of 1989 Norwich graduate, Steve Yu. Whiting worked himself into shape, and decided to give football another shot. “I have always had the desire to play again,” Whiting said in a recent interview. “Having my kids watch me play was also something I wanted to have happen.”
Whiting is among the “older” players on the Revolution, although he earned a starting role and has started the team’f first three games at offensive guard. He has encountered some of the same aches and pains of any football player, and acknowledges that at 37 years old, it takes a little longer for heal up.
“The aches and pains have definitely hindered me along the way,” he said. “You can get back into shape, but football shape is a whole different story. It’s about knowing how much I can push myself.”