2004-10-29 / Sports

Remy’s Strong Presence Shines At The Rock

By Elio Velez

In his first year, Far Rockaway head football coach Anthony Miele has gone through more losses in a 2-4 start than he wished to go through. One reason for the bad start was the loss of standout defensive tackle Ricardo Remy, who broke the fifth metacarpal in his left foot on September 5.

After missing the first four games, Remy made a huge impact against August Martin with 2 sacks and 10 tackles. At this point of the season, he is starting to recover the speed, strength and tenacity that have made him an all-city candidate.

“He can dominate a game. Everybody knows who he is and Remy knows what do to win,” Miele said.

At 6 foot 1 and 285 pounds, Remy looks like a younger Warren Sapp, who at the same size and weight became a standout all-pro for the Tamp Bay Buccaneers. When he returned to the lineup against Bayside, Remy received double and triple teams, preventing him from stopping the Commodores offense.

Remy, who has 5 sacks and 30 tackles in only three games, is looked at the opposition as one of the important keys in beating Far Rockaway.

“People know where I’m coming from and the only way people can stop me is putting three guys on me,” Remy says.

On the field, Remy doesn’t display the cockiness or arrogance of a Ray Lewis or a Terrell Owens. His performance on the field displays his passion and hard work.

“I may talk a little yap but I don’t get into nobody’s ear. I do my talking with a one on one opponent,” Remy says.

The sport that will always be dear to Remy’s heart is basketball. He will most likely play again as a starter with the Seahorses’ varsity team.

At a younger age, he played with several AAU teams as a power forward who can rebound and play tough defense. But Remy was honest with himself at the age of 13 that football may allow him a better opportunity to receive a college scholarship.

“There was no way I was going to get a scholarship at 6 feet, 250 pounds playing power forward. I would have had to be a point guard. So I did a realistic move and played football.”

At first, Ricardo’s father, Lesly Remy, wanted his son to go to Bayshore in Long Island. And when Lesly approached his son, there was no doubt in Ricardo’s mind on what school he wanted to attend. Lesly laughs as he remembered his conversation with his son.

“I thought he was going to Bayshore in Long Island but Ricky told me that he wanted to ‘represent his hood’.” Lesly Remy said.

As head junior varsity coach four years ago, Miele along with then varsity coach Les Sabbah saw a lot of promise in Remy to keep him around the football program.

“He looked like an athlete, with his physique and a kid who wanted to play the sport,” says Miele.

Miele laughs as he remembered the first time he saw Remy in the hallways.

“When you see a kid at 5’10 and 215 pounds as a ninth grader, you go hey, you want to play?”

Remy has received letters from NCAA schools such as Texas, Georgia Tech and Albany State. If he does get a scholarship, football won’t be the only thing he will concentrate on. His love for business has led him to participate in different endeavors. Lesly Remy says that his catering business is helped greatly by the creativity that his son has for making money. Remy also in his spare time sells cars at places such as Affordable Auto. He says that confidence is one of the keys to getting the best deals for his customers

The injury to his left foot may not heal until the end of the season but with a flicker of playoff hope still alive, Remy will keep on playing. Knowing what the goals to making money in business and making the playoffs in football, Remy will continue to make an impact in any field he chooses.

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