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Meet the Hawks: Dontae Ensley

 

By Shae Brophy

S-Meet-the-hawks-Dontae-EnsleyMeet #5, punter/wide receiver Dontae Ensley. Originally from Cedar Springs, Ensley has one of the more interesting stories of anybody on the team. Members of the Hawks team noticed him, while he was kicking footballs at Skinner Field, before the team’s flag football tournament, a couple months ago. The players and coaching staff noticed he was regularly kicking the ball 60-70 yards, and it wasn’t long after that, when Ensley was offered a spot on the Hawks roster.

Ensley is currently attending Central Michigan University, as well as working in Cedar Springs, and playing for the Hawks. “I’ve been here my entire life, and made so many friends that I was able to keep throughout my life,” he said. “I don’t have any past experience with football. Everything I’m doing now is new to me, and I am actually really enjoying playing football. I wish I would have played it in high school.”

In his free time, Dontae enjoys playing hockey and soccer up at Central Michigan. “I’ve played hockey since I was 5, and I still love it now,” he remarked. “Soccer, on the other hand, I’ve played since my sophomore year of high school.” He also enjoys going to sporting events, and hanging out with his friends and family.

A couple of Dontae’s idols include (former Detroit Red Wings captain) Steve Yzerman, and (current Detroit Lion) Calvin Johnson. “I’ve always wanted to be just like Yzerman since I was younger, because for one he played for the Red Wings, and also because he was a great athlete,”explained Ensley.

When asked about why he decided to join the Hawks, he said, “I heard the story behind the story about this team. I wanted to be part of something that is more than just a group of guys.The leadership and organization this team possesses is on an entirely different level, too. I could tell that this wasn’t just a normal team. The fact that we have a whole community behind us is just that much more of a bonus.”

When asked what Ensley brings to the team, Coach Lange boasted, “Dontae is a true athlete. He has a gift and his willingness to learn is amazing. He has the leg to kick the ball exactly where we need, and the hands to come down with it when thrown his way. He is truly a huge part of the Hawks, and we are honored to have him on our team.”

Ensley and the West Michigan Hawks will be in action this Saturday, as they host the Grand Rapids Thunder at Skinner Field for area bragging rights. This is a rivalry game for the Hawks that you will not want to miss. Tickets will be available at the gate. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. We hope to see you there!

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