• Joel Jackson

St. Mary Youth Football Alumni Spotlight: Thor Paglialong

Update 6/27

Marian Central's Paglialong commits to Air Force


Thor Paglialong Marian Central Catholic Football

Thor Paglialong has spent his life finding ways to live up to his bigger than life name, but now this 6’4, 260lb Senior at Marian Central Catholic has really adopted the persona of the Norse legend on the field and on the mat. Thor recently has received scholarship offers from: Eastern Kentucky University, Minnesota State University, Western Michigan University, Illinois State University and the Air Force Academy. He is currently the 24th ranked Center in the Nation and recently received All-Area Honorable Mention for Football and ESCC Al-Conference in Wrestling. This 3-Sport athlete helped his Hurricanes wrestling team to an East Suburban Catholic Conference Championship as well as the first Regional Title in the school’s history. Pretty amazing being that he hasn’t even entered his Senior year. His athletic abilities were fostered along just 6 years ago with the St. Mary’s Fighting Irish. Thor took some time to sit down and answer questions on playing through discomfort, spirituality and the importance of youth sports…

Can you tell me a little bit about your football background: “ I was in 6th grade and I decided I wanted to play football. My parents at first thought that I should wait until I was older and bigger but when I was in my baseball season, Coach Potthoff, my baseball coach, convinced them for me to come play for St. Mary’s Fighting Irish. I’ve been playing ever since.”

What made you choose football: “All of my friends played it and all thought I should play because I was pretty big for my age!”

You had a choice in High Schools, so why did you choose Marian: “The football tradition at Marian was the deciding factor. I thought that it would help me better my game. Also the academics at Marian are very good.”

What motivates you on those hard days to play through discomfort, fatigue: “ I think of the end game and what I’m working for. If you keep working at what you’re doing, it will pay off.”

Why do you think football/youth sports are so important to growing up: “ It teaches kids how to compete and how to work hard for what they want.”

Why do you feel it is important to incorporate faith/religion into athletics: “ It’s important because it brings everyone together as a family. It helps you connect with everyone on a spiritual level.”

St. Mary Youth Football encourages everyone to come out and cheer on Thor and the Hurricanes this season! If you would like to learn more about St. Mary Youth Football or Marian Central Hurricane Football go to www.stmaryfootball.com

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