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October 28, 2009 > Bill Mancebo's player spotlight: Matt Kaufman

Bill Mancebo's player spotlight: Matt Kaufman

This week the spotlight travels to the Irvington district and shines on 17-year-old Matt Kaufman.

A force to be reckoned with, this varsity football player is in his final high school season playing for the Irvington Vikings.

This defensive back and receiver knows football quite well and has been playing the sport since he was 8. In his days, he's been a Fremont Football League (FFL) linebacker, running back and quarterback. Kaufman also plays baseball for Irvington as a left fielder and has played baseball since age 5.

Staying in peak condition is a feat all in its own, so outside of regular practice Matt trains under Darrell Lutz, whose specialty is taking high school athletes to the college level. Kaufman does this with Lutz six days a week.

History and math are favorite subjects for Kaufman and he is also a captain for the Vikings. To hone his skills as a leader he has also coached Pee Wee baseball as well as FFL players; which he hopes will take him far into the NFL. There he aspires to play football at a professional level and if that goal changes it will be to train or coach others utilizing his leadership experience.

In his leisure time Matt likes to hang out with friends, watch sports and travel. When asked about his favorite destinations he doesn't hesitate to mention Hawaii and the Northwestern USA. Kaufman's food of choice is his grandmother's pasta specialty and likes to finish that off with Dibs ice cream treats.

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