Philadelphia Eagles offensive guard Sua Opeta offered advice to approximately 70 little league football players July 15 at Grantsville Cherry Street Park.
Grantsville High School football senior defensive end and receiver Grant Rounds organized the session with the help of nine of his GHS teammates. Opeta starred at Stansbury High School for coach Clint Christiansen then at Weber State University and currently is on the active roster for the Eagles.
“I knew of him and that he played for the Eagles and Stansbury High School. What I didn’t realize is that he played his first year of little league football in Grantsville,” Rounds said.
Rounds has been running football clinics for little league players in the community for the past three weeks and several of his GHS teammates have helped out with the sessions.
“I wanted to give back to the community and little league for helping me grow in and love the game of football. I organized youth skills and conditioning clinics free of charge for any youth that wanted a little pre-season work before the official start,” he said.
“As I was planning my clinics, I had the thought of inviting some high profile visitors, like Sua, to add some excitement to the workouts. Later that week I saw Sua at the gym and knew that I needed to ask him. Through connections I had, I was able to invite Sua to come and speak to the kids and he graciously accepted,” Rounds said.
“The smiles on their faces said it all. When I told them that we would be having an NFL player show up and help, their responses were priceless. In fact, a couple of players got autographs on cleats, hats, and vowed to never wash their hands after shaking hands with Sua,” Rounds added.
The GHS football player said Opeta told the kids to work hard and have fun.
“Football is a kids sport. I’m just fortunate enough because of hard work to play it at 25 years old,” Opeta said.
“Sua is an amazing man. He is massive but did such a good job relating to the youth. He was very humble. It was awesome to see a Tooele County kid make it all the way to the ‘league’,” Rounds said.