Shock defense features former Phoenix player

by Rob Tetro

Football has been a part of Syracuse Shock defensive end Christopher Hart’s life for many years.

At a young age, Hart began discovering how much he enjoyed the game of football when he began playing Pop Warner Football.

During high school, Hart’s love for the game continued to grow while playing football at John C. Birdlebough High School in Phoenix.

Being a fan of the Oakland Raiders for many years, Hart was inspired by many of the organization’s finest.

Bo Jackson and Tim Brown were players that he looked up to. However, Hart said his favorite athlete was Charles Woodson. Woodson, who was also a Raider and played college football at Michigan.

Hart took notice of Woodson’s abilities when he made history at Michigan. In 1997, Woodson played a major role in Michigan’s run to the national championship. Along the way, Woodson became the first ever defensive football player to win the Heisman Trophy.

One of Hart’s most memorable moments in football include playing in an all-star game following his senior year at Phoenix.

A recent memorable moment came when last season when Hart took part in try outs at the tight end position for the Shock. Even though he was unable to make the cut at tight end, Hart was moved to the defensive side of the ball.

It was a move that paid off both for him and The Shock.

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