Garbinski pays tribute to his father with a stellar senior season

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By By Dean Bibens • 12/23/2021 1:50 PM EST • Last Updated 12/24/2021 1:47 PM

When Garret Garbinski stepped onto the field for Morgan’s football team this year, he was doing it for one person: his father and biggest supporter, Greg Garbinski. Garret’s father passed away this summer, and Garret has made it a point to dedicate the 2021 season to his best friend.

Garret ended up having a stellar season as an elite wide receiver for Morgan. The senior captain helped the Huskies finish the year with an 8-3 record and earn a spot in the Class S playoffs.

“My dad passed away recently this summer, and he was the biggest football or baseball fan I’ve ever had,” Garrett says. “Each time I stepped onto the court I kept him in mind and always expected me to put on a show for him. I dedicated every touchdown to him by kneeling, laying down a cross on my chest and pointing to the sky, which I was able to do three times on my senior night, where I know he would have liked to be more than anything.

Garret established himself as one of Connecticut’s top wide receivers during his senior season. Garret had 69 catches for 1,123 yards and 16 receiving touchdowns to go with three more scores for a total of 19 touchdowns on the year. At the end of the season, Garret was named All-Pequot Conference Player for his contributions to the Huskies’ prolific offense.

Garret has been playing football since he was in 2nd grade. Garret’s father encouraged him to try the sport, and Garret is grateful he made that decision.

“I remember sitting at the table and my dad came up with the idea of ​​playing contact football, because it was the first time they had offered it to 2nd graders,” says Garret. “My favorite aspect of football is that I can let go the moment I step onto the pitch. It’s really the only sport where I feel like I can release all my emotions.

Garret feels he made significant progress as a receiver in his senior year due to all of his off-season training. Garret focused on running and watched a ton of movies in order to sharpen his football IQ ahead of his final campaign with the Huskies.

“The most important thing in football is the work you do in the offseason,” says Garret. “Last year I worked a lot on running and understanding what makes a good receiver. On top of that, going to the gym so you can compete physically is huge in a sport like football.

Senior captain Andrew Nye has been competing alongside Garret since they started playing football. The Morgan quarterback was happy to see Garret put together such a great season catching every ball that came his way this fall.

“I’m so lucky to have played with a player like Garret since Year 2. His work ethic is second to none and it showed this season,” Nye said. so successful. He could honestly play any position on the pitch. His leadership and determination to the game was a true testament to his character. Our bond and connection was special, and I will miss playing with the No.5 certainly.

Besides playing football, Garret is a standout player on Morgan’s baseball team and also competes for the boys’ indoor track team. Garret’s plan is to play Division I baseball at Manhattan College after graduating from Morgan.

“I’ve always been the one who played multiple sports, probably seven different sports in my entire life. I’ve always had a love for baseball. My mom always told me stories about how I would be on the yard. begging her to introduce me when I was only two,” Garrett says. “Beyond sports, I love spending time with my friends, no matter what. I’m always up for a competition, so whether it’s pool or hide and seek, my goal is to win.

Garret and Morgan’s football team embarked on a memorable run under new head coach Kevin Sullivan this year, posting the program’s first winning record since 2016 en route to the playoffs. Garret is proud of what he accomplished alongside his Morgan teammates on the gridiron during his senior season with the Huskies.

“I think this season has been a great ending,” Garret said. “We set ourselves the goal of making the playoffs, which Coach Sullivan kinda laughed at when we first met him, but we knew what we were capable of and we got on with it. job. With this group of seniors, I expected no less and I am happy to have been able to finish my football career with them.

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