UMass football players 'served' scholarships
AMHERST, Mass. (WHDH) -- It’s never a good thing when police officers crash a team meeting, but for two University of Massachusetts football players it turned out to be great.
A locker room football meeting was interrupted when police showed up to serve papers on two UMass football players.
"We have paperwork for Robert O'Connor and Daniel Maynes,” said a police officer. "Guys, get up here."
“I was thinking, I don’t know what I did wrong because I’ve been at camp for the last month. I’m not a part of any organized crime syndicate,” said Maynes.
Maynes, of Waltham, and O’Connor, of Westboro, approached the officers nervously, but when they opened the envelopes they didn’t find summons or subpoenas. Instead they found full scholarships for the year.
“Scale of one to 10, it was about a 15,” said Maynes. “It just felt like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders.”
Head coach Charley Molnar orchestrated the whole thing. He struggled to keep a straight face.
“I knew I had to act stunned. I have eight kids, and it’s kind of like on Christmas, you buy the gifts and you wrap them and then when you open them up you are so surprised with them when they open them up. It was kind of the same thing,” said Molnar.
Maynes said his mom and dad are happier than he is.
“They’re the ones that were paying for me, helping me go through school…My mom cried and my dad was just fired up,” said Maynes.
“Two outstanding men. Very, very good students. Dedicated, not only on the field, but off the field,” said Molnar.
Maynes said this has made him and O’Connor want to work harder on the football field and in the classroom. He said after being given such great scholarships they want to give back.
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