Wide receiver Robert Mason III, an eighth-grader at Glacier View Junior High School on South Hill, played for Team Seattle last month in the Football University National Championship game against GFL Georgia at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.
GFL Georgia defeated Seattle 31-0 on Jan. 5, but Mason said the loss didn’t damper his spirits. His team consisted of players from western Washington.
“It was a great experience,” Mason said. “Seeing myself on the Jumbotron was pretty cool. It was the last game, so I was very nervous, especially being in the Alamo Dome. That got me extra nervous.”
Mason’s father Rob said his son’s stellar season at Glacier View helped him land a roster spot with Team Seattle.
“He had a great fall,” Rob Mason said. “He had around 280 yards receiving and six touchdowns. That is one of the reasons why he got looked at to be on this team.”
Mason said he began to play full-contact football when he was 8.
“I started out at the YMCA with flag football when I was 6 years old,” he said. “I actually wanted to play (full contact) when I was 7, but my dad let me play when I turned 8.
“My best asset in football is catching the ball and route running,” Mason added. “I just like the feeling of scoring touchdowns.”
Rob Mason said watching his son compete in Texas was special.
“It was a really proud moment, watching all of his hard work pay off,” he said. “Robert does a lot of training in and out of season. As a dad, seeing all that come to fruition, and see him make it all the way to the national championship game is just a feeling I can’t even put words to.”
Rob Mason said he enjoys working with his son on his football skills.
“We get the cones out and head out to the football fields in our neighborhood,” he said. “I try to just reinforce the stuff he has learned from his coaches and his training.”