Fun Facts, where we find out more about FCIAC athletes, was a regular feature on The Ruden Report Overtime newsletter. Until we start publishing the newsletter again, we are going to move it here to the site.)
A new Fun Facts with Teddy DeClue of the New Canaan football team.
— What separates New Canaan football from other teams? I think what separates New Canaan from other teams is how much everyone embraces hard work. It’s really easy to say you like to do extra work and put in the time necessary to succeed, but a lot harder to actually do it. From 3rd grade youth football on, loving hard work is something that is ingrained in our program. Playing football with such a tight-knit and similarly minded group of guys really creates a great team dynamic that I don’t think is found in other programs.
— What’s your favorite song to listen to before a game? My favorite song to listen to before a game is See Me Fall -Y2K Remix. It was the background music to the Turkey Bowl hype video in 2018 and I still remember listening to it my sophomore year. Still gets me hyped up and ready to play.
— How has your team stayed united during the pandemic? We’ve done a lot of Zoom meetings and small group socially distanced workouts (as long as they were allowed). Whatever we could to stay connected and focused on a common goal.
— Favorite postgame restaurant in New Canaan? Vicolo Pizza. It’s a tradition to go there after a home game win.
— What made you have such a strong passion for football? I had a great time in youth football from day one. Our parent coaches made sure we had fun playing the game while also learning a lot of fundamentals, and that all combined to make me love the sport and play it for as long as I have.
— What is your favorite memory you have from your New Canaan career thus far? I think my favorite memory from New Canaan football so far was winning the Turkey Bowl in 2019. It was a great team win and done with a group of guys I was really good friends with, which made it even better.
— What is something you like to do when you’re not playing football? I fish a lot whenever I’m not playing football. Whether with friends or alone, I love spending time outside.
— How has playing football impacted you as a person? Football has really made me who I am today. I’ve grown up playing the sport, so all of the life lessons like hard work and integrity that have become values of mine originate from football.
— What is your favorite memory from quarantine? My favorite memory from quarantine was when restrictions were just being loosened some and we were able to lift as a team in small groups again. Everyone was so excited to be there and we all crushed the workout. It was a great way to return to the team.
— Rachel Pyne