George McDougall wide receiver to take part in Alberta Senior Bowl
By: Lucas Punkari
| Posted: Thursday, Apr 17, 2014 11:53 am
For the first time in four years, an Airdrie football player will be taking part in the Alberta Senior Bowl.
Phil Hallett, a Grade 12 wide receiver for the George McDougall Mustangs, will represent Team South at this year’s event, which will take place at Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton on May 19.
“I actually found out from some friends of mine before I was able to check the Football Alberta website on Monday morning,” Hallett said. “I was getting a bunch of texts from them, so it was pretty exciting to find out that I had been selected that way.”
“I’m really thankful for this opportunity, and it’s a big accomplishment for me personally,” he added. “I have to thank the coaching staff with the Mustangs and the Airdrie Raiders as well, as they have helped me out a lot to get to this point.”
Eighteen-year-old Hallett was invited to take part in a training camp at University of Lethbridge from April 11 to 13, where the talented wide receiver showcased his skills.
“The first two days weren’t the best weather-wise, but the conditions were great on the final day of the tryouts, and I really got to showcase what I can do,” Hallett said.
“I thought I did well with catching the ball, and I think I did pretty well with my blocking,” he added. “I took a pretty mean hit to the head on the last day of the camp, but I was able to bounce back.”
Hallett, who was the offensive MVP’s for both the Mustangs and Raiders last year and the top wide receiver in the Rocky View Sports Association (RVSA), is the first player to represent Airdrie at the Senior Bowl since 2010, when George McDougall Mustangs offensive lineman Clayton Vis took part in the event.
“I think it says a lot not just for what Phil brings, but for football in Airdrie to have someone from here taking part in the Senior Bowl,” said Nolan Rohl, who coached Hallett at George McDougall last year.
“Phil is one of those guys that always believes that he is going to catch the football and beat the defensive back,” he added. “Some might see that as being cocky, but he just has that mindset to keep working better and keeping a positive attitude to get the job done.”
As he looks forward to the Senior Bowl, Hallett hopes that the experience will help him become a better football player and he hopes to continue playing after he graduates from George McDougall in June.
“I’m thinking about going to SAIT next year to take a trades course, but I also want to take my football career as far as I can,” Hallett said. “I’m hoping to play for the Calgary Colts in the CJFL (Canadian Junior Football League) this summer, and I’m looking forward to taking part in their spring camp in Calgary at the end of April.”
“When it comes to the Senior Bowl, it’s going to be awesome to play against and with guys from all over Alberta,” he added.
“Hopefully, I will be able to showcase my skills in front of everyone there.”