The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

November 16, 2012

Harold Raker's column, First and Ten: Learning from the pros


"I got to go to see Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston. He had me with him during media day. I remember during those years getting to be on the field after games and seeing the facilities. This helped cement my love for football," he said.

As a high school player, Chesnick spent preseasons right up until the opening of Shikellamy camp with his uncle at the Jets training camp.

"I was about 15 and traveled there for two to four weeks, only leaving to go back to my high school camp," he said.

Chesnick said he worked as a ball boy, sleeping in the same hotel or dorms as the players. After a few years, he said, he had the same responsibilities as the college interns.

"It was a very big growing-up experience for me because, although my uncle's family was nearby, it was really the first time I ever spent without a parent," he said.

Chesnick said his uncle used to spend those camp nights sleeping in his office and he would meet with him almost every night and discuss what happened during the day.

"He was always a stickler on what I learned that day. He knew I enjoyed reading and would have me read books for him and write a report back to him, knowing they might not be ones he would get to."

He said the books ranged from a biography on Jerry Rice to Sun Tzu's "The Art of War."

Chesnick also occasionally got to sit in on player meetings

"I especially remember sitting in on one with (then quarterback) Chad Pennington and then years later with the Browns, one with Rob Ryan, the defensive coordinator at the time (and now the Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator).

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