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20 UNDER 20: David Mann
When 18-year-old David Mann led his high school senior varsity team to a 31-17 provincial championship victory over the Mission Roadrunners last December at BC Place Stadium it completed a 12-year stint in South Delta football.
“I couldn’t have wrote it any better, it was the best way to go out for me,” he says.
The receiver for the South Delta Secondary Sun Devils was among the top high school players for rushing and receiving statistics in the province, and it won him a scholarship with the University of British Columbia.
David started playing football when he was six years old and played for 10 years with the South Delta Rams as a quarterback. He joined the senior varsity Sun Devils in Grade 11 and switched to slot receiver/running back, becoming the heart of the team along with quarterback Kyle Menzies.
During their trophy winning season David would offer inspirational speeches to lead the team prior to going out on the field.
Now that he’s at UBC he will only practice with the team to keep in shape during the first year so he won’t lose a year of eligibility.
“I talked to the coach and he said he thinks I’m there physically, he just wants me to get my head around university for a year.”
Although Mann is six-foot-four and 210 pounds he’s not the stereotypical ‘80s movie jock who glides by on his athletic credentials. He was a straight-A student through high school, averaging between 80-95 per cent in his courses.
“[My parents] didn’t really force me to study and do my homework, they put it in my own hands and it helped me a lot with my work ethic.”
Mann plans on studying business in university and pursuing his football career as far it will take him, whether that be in university, the Canadian Football League, or the dream job in the National Football League. But regardless of what happens, he knows he’ll have a good education as a “backup plan.”