Another year, another Heart of a Giant nomination for a Bay Shore High School football player.
The contest — run by USA Football and sponsored by Hospital for Special Surgery and the New York Giants — recognizes Tri-State area high school football players who have overcome adversity and displayed commitment, character, teamwork, dedication and will.
Last year, senior offensive lineman, Kenneth Eleazer, whose mother passed away midseason, was nominated and later named a semi-finalist.
This season, junior starting quarterback, Richie Arnett, became a nominee after his father died before this season.
After taking a few weeks off in the preseason, he returned to the field to honor his dad.
“Football helped to get my mind off of the whole situation and to help release some stress and anger,” said Richie, who has been the varsity team’s starter since his sophomore year.
Richie’s coaches are beyond proud of their quarterback.
“I admire him for being able to put aside his pain to be there every day with a smile helping everyone, including myself, become better each and every day,” said Bay Shore football coach, Mike Brown.
Over the course of six weeks, individual players are chosen by coaches each week.
Richie was selected in Week 2.
After all nominations are in, people then have 25 days to vote for finalists. One grand prize winner will be chosen via a video submission, which will then be played at a Giants’ home game.
According to USA Football, all six finalists and four honorable mention finalists will receive $1,000 for their high school’s football program, with the winner’s school getting an additional $9,000.
To vote for Bay Shore’s signal caller, click here.
Top: Richie Arnett after being named News 12 Player of the Week (credit: Twitter)