Senior Day is an emotional time for a football team, especially for those seniors who will play on their home field for the last time.
The gamut of emotions that runs through the player’s heads is difficult for most of them to hold until that final whistle blows.
Saturday afternoon, 17 seniors on the University of Louisville football team will walk off the field at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium for the final time, hopefully as victors. The Cardinals haven’t won a Senior Day contest since Louisville pulled off a 41-38 come-from-behind win over Rutgers in 2007.
For senior linebacker Dexter Heyman, Saturday will be an emotional day for him. He is playing his final game in the city he grew up in and adored for many years. A standout from Male High, Heyman has seen his Louisville team experience many highs and lows, but loves the direction the program is headed and wishes he could be around to be a part of the continued climb to prominence. He can assist in that climb by guiding the Cardinals to their fourth-straight win and keeping them in the race for the BIG EAST title.
“My senior class is really something,” said Heyman, the team’s top tackler. “It’s really important to me as a player, and it’s really important to me as a person. This young talented team that we have, coming in here and really buying into coach Strong and what he’s really trying to accomplish here, and (is great and it’s) helping us seniors along the way. Just seeing Calvin Pryor get his first interception on the first play of that Rutgers game, that was huge. Certain things like that. You have a good time with guys that you’ve known through the years like Greg Scruggs, Josh Chichester and Victor Anderson, who I’ve known for several years. There are just fine memories of those guys, and knowing this is the last time we’ll be able to strap on a Louisville helmet and go out here in this ballpark for one last time, it’s going to be huge, and we expect to put on a good show.”