Defensive determination: Brooklyn Tech grad taking next step at Fordham

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He’s never been one to back away from a challenge.

Brooklyn Tech grad Lawrence Menyah commuted an hour, each way, on the subway to and from high school, rising early and getting home late, all for one very specific reason — he wanted to be the best. He brought that same determination with him to the football field at Fordham University.

“I really want to become the best,” he says. “The best player on my team and in the whole country, honestly. I want to go as hard as I can all summer, to motivate myself to be that kind of player.”

In his two seasons with the Rams, the junior defensive back has brought his own personal brand of focus every practice, even in the somewhat less-than-intense spring season, and has stepped into a leadership role. Teammates have turned to Menyah to help set the defensive tone throughout the spring.

“The last couple of weeks have been pretty good,” he said. “We’re learning a new defense and we’re getting to know the coaches. Me and my teammates are getting familiar with the schemes and knowing where to be and just working on playing faster.”

Menyah has plenty of reason to be confident this year. He appeared in all 11 games and was a key part of the Rams’ defensive secondary last season, racking up 37 total tackles and two interceptions. Still, he knows there’s room for improvement.

“I want to be the one to stop the offense from making all those headlines,” Menyah said. “I want to be the one who really shows the defensive side of the ball. That’s where the grind is and the aggressiveness is and that’s what I really like.”

Menyah grew up in the Bronx, but he’s quick to point out that his determination got its start at Brooklyn Tech, where he served as a team captain. He credits his experience at the school for his success, on and off the football field.

“[The coaches] always had the best outlook for the players and they made sure I stayed on the right track,” he said. “I focused on what was in front of me and not on anything negative that would take me away from going down the right path.”

Fordham will hold several more spring practices before the end of the semester, followed by a few weeks off before camp gets underway in August, but Menyah doesn’t plan to waste a siongle moment.

There’s really only one way to go about it,” he said. “You can’t wait around and expect it to come to you. You have to go and get it.”

Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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