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December 1, 2013

Around the Horn with Framingham State football's Aaron Ferreira

For someone who was barely recruited out of Methuen High, Aaron Ferreira enjoyed quite a career.

The senior offensive guard started four years on the offensive line for Framingham State. This year he was a captain, a pre-season third-team All-American and repeated as first-team all-conference. He helped lead the Rams to a 35-10 record in those four years and helped Melikke Van Alstyne set a New England Division 3 career record with 6,145 rushing yards.

“Aaron was a four-year starter and a senior captain. More importantly, Aaron is a solid character guy who puts the team first and works unhesitatingly to achieve the ultimate goal of team success,” said Framingham State head coach Tom Kelley.

“He was first-team all-conference for a reason. He’s not only respected by this teammates but also by the rest of the conference. Replacing him will not be an easy task and I’ll miss Aaron more as a person.”

In this week’s Around the Horn, Ferreira talked about how he ended up at Framingham, blocking for Van Alstyne and what it’s like to see his career coming to a close.

What was your favorite memory from your Framingham State career? “My freshman year before I got there, they were 5-5. It was the first time in a while we were winning. We went 9-2. We beat Norwich in a bowl and I got my first ring. It’s been fun.”

Did you expect to have that much success? “I did not. I wasn’t even sure I’d play (much). My offensive coordinator who recruited me said I’d get some time. I didn’t think I’d start my first game. I thought I’d sit back a year or two and learn. I wasn’t sure if I was good enough to play.”

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