FDU planned on cutting me freshman year; a little name tag that read "Matt Maher" was pinned to the cut list on the large 40-man depth chart. The coach brought me in his office and told me I could stay on the team as a practice player, but by the end of the fall we'd have another meeting and I'd have to hand in my stuff. That fired me up. I decided to stay.
Needless to say I made the team. When my four years were complete, I had broken the All-Time hit and stolen base records, was named a Northeast Conference All-Star, Two-Time All State Recipient, and finally an Academic All-American by ESPN the Magazine. I did not have the talent that other players on my team possessed, but I had the will and discipline to be the best version of myself I could be. I aimed to improve my skills with each and every practice, holding my expectations much higher than those that were set for me.