The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Harold Raker

November 16, 2012

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


"I got to work out for football in their facilities and eat what the players did. I was at training camp when Brett Favre signed with the team and remember seeing him when he arrived at the preseason game and meeting him the next day. The work was tedious but some of the most amazing and rewarding times of my life," he said.

Chesnick said his uncle was always big on learning. "He often advised me on college and life. His biggest thing he always told me was 'study, study, study.' Whether it was for football, school or life. He was a huge fan of quotes and one that has always stuck with me is 'Every day you must choose between the pain of discipline and the pain of regret.'"

He said his uncle always stressed the importance of hard work and how you can make up for your weakness with hard work, no matter what it is you do. "He told me to look at the big picture and have high goals."

Chesnick grew up a Dolphins fan, thanks to his dad, but eventually would just root for whichever team his uncle was with.

Today he is back to rooting for the Dolphins, although, he said, "I would instantly change if he were to find a new team."

Chesnick said his uncle has always been a big role model for him and is the most football-intelligent person he has ever met.

"He would be able to recognize and understand plays faster than anyone I have ever met."

The ex-Brave and Huskies defensive back added that he has always been compared with his uncle, one reason being that he looks a lot like him.

He said, in large part because of his uncle, he wants to pursue a career in coaching after he graduates from Bloomsburg.

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