By Katherine Tavarez
Shane Hubbard had big aspirations after graduating from John Adams High School, located in Queens, N.Y., in 2011.
During his time at John Adams, he played basketball and ran track. After being asked by his coach Joe Emma to try out for the football team his junior year, basketball and track became a blur. Hubbard played two seasons of varsity football and was the city’s leading receiver in 2011, with 74 catches and 1,500 all purpose yards. He was ranked among NYC’s top 100 players on nycfootball.com—a site based on NYC high school football players and recruiting news.
Hubbard, a highly recruited wide receiver, came to Post in fall 2012 in an attempt to pursue his high school dream of becoming a professional football player. In 2013, Hubbard made his debut at Post, and played in 10 games. He had 13 catches for 150 yards, and a touchdown. In 2014, Hubbard opened the season with a 10-catch, 142-yard performance and also scored a touchdown against East Stroudsburg. That season, he led the Pioneers with 83 receptions and 1,058 yards, setting the program record for most receptions in a single season.
Hubbard is now a senior criminal justice major. He has plans to become a professional football player, but he knows that the odds are tough. His main focus is making sure he works hard and practices every day to become better. Hubbard’s success comes from his hard work and dedication. “You put in the work, you get the result,” Hubbard said.
With practice four times a week and lift twice a week, it’s important to stay grounded. The practice is paying off. Hubbard is the Pioneers’ leading receiver with almost 500 yards in six games and is also the leader in receptions and tied for the team-lead in touchdowns with four.
According to Angelo Fradelakis, Hubbard’s teammate and freshman tailback, “Hubbard is a great teammate and player, he is a hard-worker and if he keeps it up he can go far.”
“I’ve never been undefeated at any level and it feels good to know that no one can beat us,” said Hubbard
Sharene Hubbard, Shane’s mother, is someone he admires and works hard for each and every day. “I thank God for my amazing support system. My mom tells me all the time how proud she is of me and how far I’ve come,” Hubbard said.
Larry Fitzgerald, a wide receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, is Hubbard’s idol. He admires him both on and off the field. He has influenced his path to becoming a professional football player.
“I can say I’m blessed and hopefully one day all my hard work will pay off,” Hubbard said.