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.”
Is this the end of your football career? “I got invited to a Senior Bowl game in Virginia. I think it’s Dec. 13. I want to give it one last shot. Other than that, I think my football days are over.”
My football days are over. Do those words hurt? “It’s tough. It’s tough to swallow. The last four years went by pretty fast. I wish I could go back. I would do some things differently.”
Like what? “I’d train a little harder.”
Do you ever wish you went to a higher level football school? “No. I loved Framingham. I wouldn’t change anything.”
What was it like blocking for Melikke Van Alstyne? “It was great. You were never wrong no matter what you did. I hope he has a football career ahead of him.”
In your playoff game, you led 17-3 late in the third quarter and lost. What happened? “In the first half, we were beating them pretty good. I think in four possessions we scored three times. In the second half it started snowing. It’s hard to think about right now. They came out to play in the second half and we weren’t ready for it.”
How big are you? “6-foot-2, 270.”
What was the key to you having such a fine career? “I just love to play football.”
How did you decide on Framingham State? “Out of high school, I wasn’t getting recruited by many teams. Framingham called me and asked if I wanted to come down and see the school. I got good vibes.”
Did you family and friends attend your games? “My parents (Paul Ferreira and Mary Fonseca) would come to all the games.”
Do you work? “I have an on-campus job with the grounds crew.”
What’s your football background? “I played one year when I was younger with Lawrence. I was 11 on the A team and they were 14 or 15. Then I was too heavy and I had had it. Then in high school, I wanted to give it a shot. I had gone to Holy Trinity in Lawrence so I didn’t know anybody. I decided to play a sport to make some friends.”
What’s your favorite Methuen football memory? “Senior year against Central Catholic (a 16-12 Methuen win on a TD pass from Cal Carroll to Raudy Minaya with 16 seconds left). It was just having Cal Carroll as QB and doing some special things on the field. Also playing with my best friends Alex Shepherd and Mike Berndtson.”
Who is your dream date? “Kate Upton.”
Do you have a nickname? “Big A.”
What is your pet peeve? “When girls swear.”
What is the most embarrassing song you have in your iPod? “Some Justin Bieber.”
Big A’s FAVORITES
Group or singer: Drake
Book: The Hunger Games
Movie: The Hunger Games
TV show: The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Homeland
Athlete: Logan Mankins
Food: Chicken parm