There are 22 players on a football field during every offensive play. Of those 22 players, there is only one player who is guaranteed to touch the ball every snap and it isn’t the quarterback, it’s the offensive center.
Bellevue Christian Vikings center Alex Irizarry knows how important his position is to the rest of his team.
“The play starts with me. If I don’t do my job, the play doesn’t go anywhere,” Irizarry said during a practice session in late June in downtown Bellevue.
The senior offensive lineman thoroughly enjoys the physical aspect of football. Irizarry has played tackle football ever since he was 12 years old.
“I love run blocking because you get to make hits. That is why we all play football,” he said.
Recently the Bellevue Reporter had an opportunity to ask Irizarry a few questions about his life away from the gridiron.
Bellevue Reporter: What is your favorite eatery in Bellevue?
Alex Irizarry: Burgermaster. I have been going there since I was really little.
BR: What is your biggest pet peeve?
AI: People walking up the wrong side of the stairs. Everyone should be walking on the right side.
BR: Who is your pick to win the World Series this October?
AI: I don’t know. I don’t watch baseball.
BR: What is your favorite TV show?
AI: Samurai Jack. It is the best classic cartoon.
BR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
AI: My older sister Rachel. We have been really close since we were little.
BR: What is your dream vacation spot?
AI: Puerto Rico. That is where my family is.
BR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
AI: I really like to cook. I like to bake brownies especially.
BR: How many text messages do you send per day?
AI: I probably send around 100.
Shaun Scott: 425-453-5045; firstname.lastname@example.org