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John Oblachinski of Cranford Commits to Georgetown University

The Cranford quarterback made his college choice Thursday.

Top Row (left to right) Athletic Director Darren Torsone, Coach Ryan Huber, Head Coach Erik Rosenmeier, Dean of Students Gary Sorrentino, Coach Dennis McCaffery /Bottom Row: Brian Oblachinski, Carol Oblachinski, Johnny Oblachinski, John Oblachinski
Top Row (left to right) Athletic Director Darren Torsone, Coach Ryan Huber, Head Coach Erik Rosenmeier, Dean of Students Gary Sorrentino, Coach Dennis McCaffery /Bottom Row: Brian Oblachinski, Carol Oblachinski, Johnny Oblachinski, John Oblachinski
On Thursday, John Oblachinski of Cranford signed a letter of intent to play for Georgetown University in Washington D.C.. Patch invited him to write a few words about achieving the dream of playing football at one of the nation's most prestigious universities. 

"Through all my years of playing sports, my parents always emphasized hard work and dedication, in both the classroom and on the field.

I am really looking forward to attending and playing football at Georgetown University in the fall. I have been truly blessed with great coaches at Cranford High School, as they not only teach their respective sport, but also teach life lessons.

I have great respect for Coach Rosenmeier, Coach McCaffery and Coach Huber as they all have had a great impact on my life.

The advice I would give the young athletes of Cranford today, is to always remember that hard work pays off and follow your dreams."

-- John Oblachinski, Cranford
Steve February 07, 2014 at 09:17 AM
I can only hope that one day pre-collegiate football will be banned from our schools as a health hazard to our children. Like tobacco, it may take many years before the inordinate risks of this particular sport will be broadly acknowledged, especially in the face of steep cultural opposition, specious arguments and disinformation. As the evidence builds, lawsuits are just now beginning their course against some school systems. Perhaps as legal fees mount and a few towns are faced with large awards (such as the NFL faced), pressure will come from insurance companies in the form of increased premiums, leading to even higher local taxes. Meanwhile, I urge parents to speak to their family doctors about the dangers to their sons' health. The harm done -- often not recognized until many years later -- from repetitive, sub-concussive blows to the head is insidious. By the time it conclusively manifests itself, little can be done to remedy the cognitive impairment. Numerous serious news outlets -- including PBS, NPR and The New York Times, to name just a few -- have covered the foregoing issues in an in-depth manner.
Monk February 07, 2014 at 10:47 AM
What disturbs me is the economic and sociological priority that the masses are willing to give to football, among other activities. At the end of the season, how many billions of dollars and culturally questionable hours of human life are spent? And on top of this, adult men dress and behave like adolescent boys in their jerseys! Sigh.
Michele February 07, 2014 at 01:16 PM
There is not one reason to have a story on this kid getting a scholarship nor should ANY of the school officials pictured associate themselves with this story. Why? Because it just so happens that quite a few young people in CHS are being awarded scholarships for ACADEMICS and that is a far more prestigious scholarship than one awarded to some kid who can throw a ball.
Boris Chechev February 07, 2014 at 04:06 PM
Congratulations, John. You have a lot to be proud of both on the field and off. Good luck at Georgetown. They’re lucky to have you.

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