DELPHI, Ind. (WLFI) - Two of the greatest student athletes to ever attend West Lafayette Jr. Sr. High School teamed up this week to speak with kids at Delphi elementary school. Matt Lancaster and Daniel Wodicka spoke about topics ranging from peer pressure to sportsmanship.
Delphi Head Football Coach and former Red Devils' assistant Josh Strasser invited the duo to speak to the youngsters and I caught up with the former Red Devils afterwards.
After years of making a difference on the football field, Matt Lancaster and Daniel Wodicka traded in their shoulder pads and helmets this week for a microphone.
"The greater Lafayette community has just given me and Matt so much and it's just great to give back to the community," said Daniel Wodicka.
"That was kind of our main focus to reach out to the kids and give them a little motivation to move forward and live their life," Matt Lancaster.
Both Lancaster and Wodicka hope that each student took something positive away from the discussion.
"Daniel and I have had all of these goals since day one and we worked together and worked with other people about reaching those goals. That's something that is really important because once you work as a team you can get through anything," said Lancaster.
"When I was little I had a lot of goals that I wanted to achieve but didn't know how to get there. So that's what I wanted to do, just show that if you have a clear concise goal in mind and set your mind to it a lot of people will help you out along the way," said Wodicka.
There are few people who know these two young men better than their high school head coach. Marshall Overley is not only proud of his former quarterbacks, but also proud of whom they've become.
"The advice that they give will be advice that they live. They aren't just talking, they live their life very openly and with full enthusiasm. I'm sure they feel the pressure but they aren't crushed by the pressure. they just step up and enjoy the challenges," said Retired West Lafayette football coach Marshall Overley.
Matt Lancaster and Daniel Wodicka each have one year of college eligibility remaining. Lancaster will be a senior quarterback at Butler while Wodicka will be a senior wide receiver at Johns Hopkins.
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