Quarterback Phillip Tran is set to return to East Los Angeles College for the Fall semester to play for Husky Football again after things didn’t work out at Humboldt State University, where he currently attends.
Tran, a native of San Jose, California, came to ELAC because his high school coach knew ELAC’s coach, Bobby Godinez who recruited him to play for the Huskies.
He played for ELAC in the Fall 2016-17 semester and during that season he was offered scholarships to different schools. Some were located in New York, Missouri and Oklahoma but Tran said the schools were too far away so he chose Humboldt.
Tran said he chose this school because his cousin attends there too. He thought the familiarity of family would help him adapt to his new school and also because it is close to his hometown.
Although his intentions were to stay at Humboldt for the rest of his college career, things didn’t work out the way he thought they would. “There were a lot of coaching changes. The school itself didn’t really fit me. I didn’t feel like I fit in overthere. It’s a different culture over there and I just didn’t feel like it was the right place for me,” Tran said.
Because of that reason he decided to come back to ELAC for a second term. He said that he is looking forward to reconnecting with his teammates from last Fall, playing together and seeing what’s in store for him.
Tran said he developed a passion for football when he was 8 years old. At this age, he spent a lot of time at home, due to his father’s cancer diagnosis. During the time of his father’s battle with cancer, Tran said that one of the hardest things to deal with was moving a lot.
“At one point, we jumped back and forth and we moved about four times in about a year and a half,” said Tran.
Due to his father’s sickness, he was unemployed for about four years and his mother was the main provider of the house. He said that he admires his mom for working and taking care of his dad at the same time.
Now, at 19, he said it was a difficult time in his family’s life. His father is a two-time cancer survivor and Tran says he tried helping his mother as much as possible when he was younger. He finds inspiration from his parents and looks up to them.
Tran said that despite all the difficulties during his teen years, he found his passion for football and it eventually led him to play during all of his time in high school.
“If you do really well in football, you can get scholarships for schools and you know that eventually, it will help you out in life as well,” said Tran, “There are a lot of kids out there that play football because they can’t afford school and it’s just a gateway.”
Tran is a kinesiology major and he said he finds studying the body and physical therapy interesting.
Tran spends most of his time training. He trains every day, 7-8 hours a day and relaxes on the weekend. And when he is not training his favorite things to do for fun are hanging out with family and friends or even going bowling.
Since family life is very important for Tran, he said being away is hard for him since he is the oldest brother. He said he feels like he’s missing his younger brothers and little cousin’s growth.
Tran said he is focused on his career and looks forward to transferring out to a university after this upcoming fall semester. “Football, I think, is more than just a game. It helps you in life too, so that’s how I got a passion for it,” Tran said.