Player Profile: Sean Reilly

Sean Reilly (photo by  Gary Dize )

Sean Reilly (photo by Gary Dize)

WE'RE ALWAYS TRYING TO MIX THINGS UP WITH OUR CLUB, AND OUR HUMBLE LITTLE NEWS SECTION IS NO DIFFERENT. 

To wit: Our semi-regular profiles of club members. First up, a gent who grew up on the Emerald Isle. (And yeah, he was the first to get back to us with answers to our questions. Must be the graduate student in him.)

Where did you grow up? 

Ireland, County Mayo

What do you do for a living? 

I'm a cyber software engineer for Northrop Grumman. Also full-time student at George Mason University going for an MBA. 

Where do you live?

Centreville, Va. 

When did first start playing the great game? 

Age 11 

What do you do for fun when you're not on the pitch? 

I like to go hiking/camping, mountain biking, running, working out—and, of course, grabbing a drink with friends. I also coach rugby. 

Why do you dig Irish football?

I think it's a great mix of so many sports, most specifically rugby and soccer. It's fast-paced and combines so many skills at once that it forces you to work as a team to be successful. And let's not forget scoring is fun! 

Back home, it's where you see thousands of people coming together from each county each week, when they all come out to support their team. 

Have you had a favorite moment while playing in one of our drop-in matches? 

I think my first match with you guys may be my favorite. Everyone was so welcoming, and even though I hadn't picked up a ball in nearly 10 years, I was still able to jump right in and get in the mix with everyone. 

Why do you love the Fairfax Irish Football Club?

The people make this club incredible. Everyone here, regardless of skill level, is fun to play with and a pleasure to talk to.

Life philosophy? 

Navy SEAL motto, "The only easy day was yesterday." 

Life is not supposed to be easy, and nothing good comes easy. We need to wake up and grind away every day to get where we want and hit those goals and prepare for the next ones. I feel life is about a good balance between never being satisfied—always continuing to hit a new goal—and appreciating the little things. 

Fitness philosophy? 

"Embrace the suck." I still put myself through workouts I did while playing semi-professional rugby, and they "suck," but the level of fitness I'm able to maintain and improve upon makes it worth it. This quote is relevant for anyone, those just starting out their training or Ironman competitors.

Complaining will get you nowhere, and neither will giving up. 

Michael McCarthy