Cal grew up playing football at a young age before his time at Armstrong High School. At Armstrong, Cal was an All-Metro selection for football as well as a team captain and a driven leader on and off the field. Leaving high school, his dream was to play football at the highest levels possible. RCTC is a junior college in Minnesota that quietly has one of the most well respected football programs in Juco. RCTC is nationally ranked almost every season and recruits some of the best talent in the country. It was here that Cal played with some amazing athletes and was challenged in every way to be his best self.
Though his time on the field has passed, he has replaced this drive for the game with a drive for the hunt. He is focused on bringing his passion and love for hunting to every person he can.
Football taught me what it meant to work for something greater than yourself. When I played football there was no separation between my teammates. The color of your skin, where you were from, how much money you had, who you loved, the mistakes you had made…none of that mattered. The only thing that mattered was what color you bled, how hard you worked, and what sacrifice you were willing to give. What an unbelievable thing in our world today. We started camp with 120 players and traveled to our bowl game with 53. You had to want it.
I have found in my short life that passion is the only thing that makes me JUMP out of my bed. Without passion, I drag. I can’t decide what I want or why I’m doing what I’m doing. When I left football, this passion was gone. I was dragging myself everywhere I went. I think that a lot of us are searching for what we truly love.
We spend years and sometimes even a lifetime searching for our true passions. In my opinion the biggest factor just comes down to how hard you’re looking.
I found Waterfowl Hunting because of one of my dearest friends Joey Vassallo. He literally forced me into a boat and pushed me into a blind. I owe this love to him. My experience is that good friends will set you straight in time. Surround yourself with people that are more passionate than you and you will be truly blessed.
WHERE TO NEXT:
My life is headed in a million directions and I love it. Starting Midwest Flyways has been one of the best choices I ever made and I couldn’t be more grateful to be doing it alongside two of the most driven and passionate people I know. I’m looking forward to growing MWF, working on other projects that remain to be seen, and propelling my passions into everybody I meet. I want to share my love for life with anybody I can and Midwest Flyways will continue to be one of the greatest ways for me to accomplish this.
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