When Calvin Mouisset was in sixth grade, his parents signed him up for a full contact football camp in Arizona. It was there where he discovered his love for the game.
“They said, ‘If you like it, continue to play. If you don’t, you don’t have to,’” says Mouisset. “And I’m still playing.”
The incoming senior at JSerra Catholic High School plays outside linebacker and strong safety for the varsity Lions, in addition to being a part of all special teams units. Mouisset enjoys the physical contact of the sport, but more importantly, the camaraderie experienced from being on a team.
“I like the concept of a team game and being able to be around all my great teammates,” says the 17-year-old.
Selected as a captain by his peers last season as a junior, the leadership role is one that Mouisset embraces.
“To me, that means that they respect me and look up to me,” says Mouisset. “I just try to set a good example for them by being on time, doing what I’m supposed to do…and [doing] what I’m asked to do by the coaches.”
JSerra varsity head football coach, Pat Harlow, expects a big senior year out of his leader both on and off the field.
“Calvin is definitely looked at as one of our top leaders and is often a coach on the field, getting everyone in the right position,” says Harlow. “He is a quiet leader…however, when he does speak, his teammates listen and take it to heart. He carries the same demeanor on the academic side of his life as well, a truly well rounded young man.”
Self-discipline and a strong work ethic are just a couple of the life lessons learned on the gridiron for Mouisset. On campus, the Dove Canyon resident participates in Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA), where he models how to set priorities as a student athlete.
“We teach athletes that you’re not always busy with sports,” says Mouisset. “You always have time for God and to honor God while you play.”
Mouisset carries that mindset into each game day, when he and his mother have a ritual of preparation through prayer.
“We pray for my safety and my teammates’ safety and for God to let us play to the best of our ability and for him,” says Mouisset.
Mouisset hopes to secure a football scholarship so he can continue playing at the collegiate level. His future plans include becoming a firefighter, following in the footsteps of his grandfather, a retired fire chief, and as Mouisset says, “A man of God.”
Along with his grandfather, Mouisset looks to his parents for guidance and support.
“I always see how hard they work,” says Mouisset. “They always provide things for me and my siblings for us to be successful. When I have kids one day, I hope to be like them.”