Feature photo courtesy of Griffin Sestili.
Griffin Sestili became a part of North Allegheny High School’s football team at an early age. His father was a part of the coaching staff and he was around the team as their ball boy.
“He’s been here the entire time that I’ve been here,” North Allegheny head coach Art Walker said. “He’s either been a part of this team as a player or he’s been involved in some other capacity.”
Now, as a junior in high school, Sestili is coming off of a season where his team went 9-2 and made it to the WPIAL Class AAAA quarterfinals before losing to eventual champion Central Catholic.
“As a team, we did great,” Sestili said. “Individually, I think I’m really starting to come together and bringing my game to another level.”
At 6-feet-3-inches and 245 pounds, Sestili is a very physical and athletic player at both defensive end and tight end. His strengths include his quick footwork and his blocking ability, he said. Sestili also said there were different parts of his game that could benefit from practice.
“There’s always stuff to work on,” Sestili said. “This is really me just trying to take each individual aspect of my game and just stepping up a little bit.”
Sestili currently has offers from Virginia, Eastern Kentucky, Army, UTEP, Temple and Duquesne. With these offers on the table, Sestili said he isn’t really sure where he wants to play in college, but will keep all options open. He wants to go to a school where he can pursue a general business communications degree and feel welcomed, he said.
“I want a school that is somewhere I feel at home and where the coaches just make you feel wanted,” Sestili said. “I also want a school where I know I’m going to get a good education so they can set me up for life after football.”
On the field, Sestili said he tries to “play like a brick” each game. He said he stays within the rules but wants to make sure the other kids and coaches know who he is.
“I think I’m a player who just does anything he needs to do to get the job done,” Sestili said. “Whether I have to punt the ball or block, whatever I have to do, I’m going to do it.”
Sestili later said his teammates and parents are big motivators for him on the field. He said his father was a major figure in his life that helped him grow as a person.
“He’s just been such a tremendous help with not only football, but with school and everything like that,” Sestili said. “He’s just teaching me the right things from the wrong things and just how to become a man.”
At the moment, Sestili said he’s going to wait and think carefully before he makes a decision on committing to a school. His goal now is to improve on last season and win a title with his team.
“We’re moving up to 6A this year so I would love for us to be the first 6A champions,” Sestili said. “That’s my main goal right now.”
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