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Coming back was the only option for Serra senior tight end Christian Pedersen.
As his senior season got pushed back to January, then to February and now to March, Pedersen could have opted to not play his senior season. Many athletes now enroll early in January to their respective colleges, which is just what Pedersen could have done when the initial news came out in July that the season would be moved to the spring.
But Pedersen, a Louisville, stayed at Serra for one final ride, and he’s forever grateful for everything the school has given him.
“These are my boys,” Pedersen said. “I can’t leave them. I love them all. There was no way I was going out without one last run.”
And the decision has more than paid off, as Pedersen and the Padres are off to a 2-0 start – backed by a huge season-opening 33-26 victory over No. 4 Valley Christian – while conquering a No. 2 Bay Area ranking.
In that win at Valley Christian, Pedersen came through with some of the biggest plays of the game, hauling in three of Division I quarterback prospect Dominique Lampkin’s passes for 49 yards – including a tipped pass for a 21-yard touchdown grab to end the first half.
“Since day 1, I’ve always loved football,” Pedersen said. “I’ve always loved the game. And I’ve been waiting my whole life to be a senior, leading my team at Serra. I’ve been working my butt off for this, and honestly, it means the world that we’ve been playing and let alone we can go out there and get a win like that. I don’t have words for it.”
However, this type of success was not always evident.
Pedersen was typically a basketball player, but as he grew more and more into his body, the football thing really took shape.
It really, really took shape.
“I was usually a hooper, and I was like, ‘Oh, this football thing. I kind of like it and doing all this stuff.’ And here we are,” Pedersen said.
Schools from all across the country offered Pedersen scholarships. Air Force. Boise State. Virginia. Yale.
Louisville would win the sweepstakes, though, as the ACC program under Scott Satterfield’s guidance will get Pedersen as apart of its program in a few months.
“I thought at Louisville I fit in the best and I fell in love with the coaching staff and the scheme,” Pedersen said. “And they showed me what I was doing, and I think we’ve got a great chance for success over there. I’m excited to get out there.”
Currently holding an undefeated record, Pederson hopes to keep that perfect record intact the remainder of the way.
“Finish undefeated, hopefully,” Pedersen said. “For me, I really only care about wins. Personal accolades are awesome. I like it, but as long as we get the win out there and my boys are happy with me, I’m cool.”
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