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Football turns friendship into brotherhood
BY KINSEY DANZIS
"He's my blood/' said senior safety Alex
Smith. "He's my brother."
It is hard to find friends closer than Smith
and junior safety Satiir Stevenson, self-
proclaimed brothem from another mother.
The two have played football together since
2011. Smith started as a sophomore, while
Stevenson began as a first-year the same year.
"The team orientation brought us
together," said Smith. "It also helped that we
have different personalities, but at the same
time we're chill.
"We're both funny, too."
Both were selected for the All-Old
Dominion Athletic Conference team last year.
Not only hard workers and great teammates,
they are exemplary captains.
"They lead by example," said head football
coach Chris Rusiewicz. "People feed off their
actions. With people that close we get two
minds together, instead of one doing what we
need to do."
Throughout the years, their teamwork on
the field has flourished.
"They thrive off each other," said
Rusiewicz. "They became very close over
the past few years and have even become
roommate. There's a relationship there that
goes above and beyond football."
Defensive back coach Treiston Burnette
agreed on their growing rapport.
"On and off the field they're basically
brothers," said Burnette. "(Their teamwork)
has a ripple-down effect. The speed of the
leaders is the speed of the pack."
Senior defensive back Tony Marsh shares
"They are both great leaders and great
friends," said Marsh in an email interview.
"They cooperate well with one another and
feed off the energy that each generates."
However, Smith graduates in 2014, and
is planning on earning his certifications in
Where does that leave Stevenson?
"I'm sad to go, but I feel like he's already
taken over," said Smith. "He's a great athlete,
very respectful and quick on his feet."
Smith is not the only one who considers
"Satiir's a leader within himself," said
Burnette. "He takes a businesslike approach.
He's always on point with everything he does
on the field."
Stevenson's teammates also have good
things to say about his leadership.
"Satiir's a leader who leads by example
more than his mouth," said sophomore
comerback Jermario Gooch in an email
Stevenson realizes the difficulty of the task,
but he feels ready for it.
"I strive off (of) the pressure," said
Stevenson. "That's what keeps me going. If it
isn't a challenge, it isn't fun."
Their time at Guilford has
seen many successes that will remain after
Smith's graduation. They clearly remember
one victory as the game where it seemed to all
come together for the team.
"When we played Catholic last year, Satiir
scored his first defensive touchdown," said
Smith. "He came in and took over. That was
a sight to see."
Stevenson agreed on the success, smiling
"We were losing, but we turned it around,"
said Stevenson. "The team always had the
talent, but we really put it together that game."
The two plan to stick together for as long as
possible after Smith graduates. Even if their
future jobs take them in different directions,
some things are impossible to forget.
"Every day is a memory," said Smith.
"Every time we hang around each other
there's always something funny, always
"The whole time we've known each other
is a memory I'll never forget."
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