Meet Hawks offensive tackle Darren Trader. Originally from Cedar Springs, Trader graduated from Tri-County High School in 2007. He started playing football in third grade, and ended up playing all the way through high school.
“A couple of my role models are my stepdad Jimmy Bills, and my rocket coach Milt Burns,” said Trader. My stepdad has always shown me the difference between right and wrong, and what it means to work hard. As for my rocket coach, he always pushed me and motivated me, and I’m now a player for the Hawks and a rocket football coach because of him.”
Outside of football, Trader is an avid fisher and hunter. “If I’m not doing one of those three things, I’m always thinking about them,” he said.
“I wanted to be a Hawk because we play for those who can’t, and we give back to the community,” said Trader. “What Coach Lange has done means the world to me. He created this team, which gave me the opportunity to live my dream of playing football outside of school. The way we give back is like no other. You don’t see many other teams in the semi pro ranks try to connect with the community the way we do. This season is different, too. (Coach Lange) has challenged and changed the mentality of this team. We challenge ourselves on every play to know that we are better players than the ones lined up across from us now.”
Head coach David Lange is glad to have a versatile player in Trader. “Darren is willing to step up and play wherever he is needed,” he said. “He is a great lineman on both sides of the ball.”