“Every year you try to take steps in a positive direction. This offseason I got the chance to build up some strength. The defense comes second nature now,” Splinter said. “There’s definitely been a learning curve since I came in. The level of complexity from a defensive standpoint is a lot different than Masco. You learn eventually and a lot of older guys helped out.”
Splinter is now one of those older players in a leadership position, the type of player who will help the newcomers find their way.
He can’t believe his time with the Crimson is almost up, but he’s already preparing to live life without football pads on. Even if he got a chance to continue playing after graduation, Splinter doubts he would keep going.
“I think that I’m ready to find a new passion. Football has been great to me. It’s taught me so much about life and getting through obstacles, and it’s also given me so many friendships and brotherhoods,” Splinter, an Engineering Sciences major, said. “I was asked about education through athletics recently and that made me think about football in general. It’s been a great teacher and I’m lucky that I’ve been able to experience the sport at such a high level.”