Meet Hawks defensive back/special team player Craig Phillips Jr. Originally from Grand Rapids, Phillips graduated from Comstock Park High School in 2005. He played numerous sports during school, including baseball, football, basketball, and track.
“My biggest role model would be Tom Brady,” said Phillips. I love the way he plays the game, the way he gets fired up, and the way he plays the game with such passion. Another role model is the late Muhammed Ali because of the way he could simply beat you with his mind before the fight even began.”
Phillips made his season debut on with the Hawks on June 25th after missing the first three games of the season with a hand injury. When he isn’t playing football, Phillips enjoys riding motorcycles, spending time with his children Lydia and Braylon, and playing video games every now and then. “Riding my motorcycle gave me a great feeling of freedom while I wasn’t able to play with my teammates,” he said.
“I wanted to be a Hawk because of the community involvement,” said Phillips. “I think it’s important to give back to the community, even if you don’t live there. It shows a sense of responsibility and passion, and also gives us the opportunity to show the children in this community how to do things the right way. It’s about much more than just football.”
“Craig was involved in an accident which prevented him from playing in the first half of the season,” said head coach David Lange. “He is back now, and we are excited to see how he will contribute to the success of the team in the second half of the season.”
“It’s great to be a part of a team that is competitive in both games and practice, but being able to give back and show children how to play is priceless,” Phillips said. “The old saying goes ‘you play how you practice’, and so far this year I think that the team has barely scratched the surface of what we can accomplish, especially considering this is only our second year. I was with the team last season as well. Although it was rough at times, but we stayed together. The competitive nature that we bring to practice and to the games has helped all of us improve in each route, each rep, and each pass. I love being a Hawk.”