By Amanda Hatfield Anderson
BREVARD -- Calvin Cagney closed his junior year football season with a tremendous honor.
The Indialantic native was named as a first-team tight end All-Ohio selection for the second season in a row.
Calvin, who plays tight end for Ohio Wesleyan University, had 66 receptions for 721 yards and two scores in 10 games for the 2013 season.
"I started playing football my freshman year of high school in 2007," said Calvin, a Melbourne High graduate.
It was at Melbourne High where Calvin worked his way through the freshman, junior varsity and varsity football teams, playing as an outside linebacker. In Calvin's senior season, he moved to the offense, where he began playing the tight end position.
"Calvin enjoyed playing football, as a tight end, and decided he would like to try playing at the college level," said Martin Cagney, Calvin's father. "He received some interest from some of the universities in Florida, but wanted to attend a college where he could earn playing time quickly."
It was his desire to play on a team as a freshman, rather than being a "benchwarmer," that led to Calvin choosing a Division III college over a Division I or II school.
"Florida did not have any Division III football programs, so I looked to where I would have family relatively close-by -- Ohio," Calvin said.
Calvin's parents attended college in Ohio -- his mother at Muskingum College, while his father played football and graduated from Wittenberg University.
Ohio Wesleyan University is located in Delaware, Ohio, and is a small, liberal arts college.
"Ohio Wesleyan featured a pass-heavy offense, with a three tight end personal set," Calvin said. "I figured it would be the best fit for me."
"It even snowed on the day that we visited Ohio Wesleyan in March 2011, and he was OK with it," Mr. Cagney added.
Calvin's being named to the first-team All-Ohio is a huge honor.
"An All-'specified area' team is a group of players, who are voted to be, by a specific group of writers or coaches, the best players at their positions out of all the players in the 'specified area,'" Calvin explained. "In my case, the specified area is Ohio, and I was selected by OhioCollegeFootball.com to be the best Division III tight end in Ohio this season."
Calvin has received many post-season honors similar to his latest, but Mr. Cagney said that he and Calvin's mother are most proud of his honor as a Capital One Academic All-District 2013 first-team selection at tight end, which Calvin received this fall.
When asked about his favorite memory this past season, Calvin said it would be Ohio Wesleyan's homecoming game.
"It was a fun game, and I was happy that our seniors last game at home got to end in a win," he added.
With the 2013 football season in the books, Calvin said he is looking forward to his senior season.
"I am looking forward to playing my hardest for my last season of my football career," Calvin said. "I'll be a senior, and it will be the last time I get to play the game of football."
When not conditioning for football, Calvin spends his time studying to fulfill his dream of becoming a physical therapist.
"Calvin has a 3.57 grade point average and hopes to further his studies in a physical therapy program at a university in Florida after graduating from OWU," Mr. Cagney said. "He will begin to apply to universities this summer, but knows he will have a tough academic road ahead with becoming a physical therapist."
Calvin said after he graduates physical therapy school, he would like to open his own general practice and, more specifically, help rehabilitate sports players who are recovering from surgery.
"Having had two surgeries during my football career, physical therapy was an important process in getting me back on the field," Calvin said. "I'd like to help others get back on the field or court by being a physical therapist. Helping others continue playing sports they love is what I want to do."