Best Teammate 2010
Monsignor Bonner's Donnie Beese,
a football player,
was the winner in a spirited
competition that saw six contestants accumulate 20-plus votes. He
collected 41 votes, topping La Salle tri-sport manager
(31), Washington football player
(29), Harverford School
Who is the best teammate in the Public, Catholic or
Inter-Ac Leagues? And why?
NOMINATIONS . . .
(In the past, we always opened the nominations
box in the spring.
To assure that more football and basketball athletes receive the
support they deserve, we changed that policy. Thank you.)
For DONNIE BEESE, Bonner football
A teammate is someone who is
committed to everything about that team in which he is on, someone who you know
has got your back no matter what, someone who would die to be out there on the
field…and that person is Donnie Beese of the Monsignor Bonner football team.
I’m now in my fourth year here at Bonner and so is Donnie; we came in as
freshmen and both of us playing football on the freshman squad. Through the
years Donnie has had some costly head injuries that have been pretty bad and
during camp of our ’09 season he got one more which ended his football career
forever. Donnie was a starter both sophomore and junior year at linebacker and
also as a fullback junior year but that all came crashing down this past
summer. Even though he can’t play football anymore, that didn’t stop him from
being out there everyday with the rest of us at practice and at games. At
practice he’s working with the linebacker coaches helping them out and trying to
help make his teammates better. He’s always helping out the team with a number
of things and his desire to be a part of the team even with the obstacles thrown
at him is just remarkable. I’ve never seen anybody who wanted to play more then
he does and it drives him crazy that he can’t be out there with us.
If there is anyone around who deserves this award, then its Donnie. After all that’s happened to him over the last couple of months, he stuck by us and did his part for the team when he could have just walked away. Before all of our games, Donnie gives his motivational/pump up speeches that gets the whole team going and makes it feel like he’s right there with us. Donnie was also picked as a captain this season by his teammates even after we all knew he wouldn’t be able to play; that just shows how much this kid is respected by his peers. I can’t thank him enough for being an amazing teammate through the years, but more importantly an even better friend, thanks Don.
-- Dan Vanderslice MBHS ‘10
My Name is Vincent Procopio I am the manager for the Monsignor Bonner Football team. I would like to nominate Donnie Beese for teammate of the year. During the summer while in training camp Donnie suffered from multiple Concussions and was told he was not going to be able to play his senior year. Donnie could have quit and left football and went on with his senior year. Instead Donnie has been at every practice any kind of weather, condition, Games, and Team events. His dedication, hard work, and motivation to his teammates and coaches has really stood out in the eyes of everyone throughout the team. Donnie also serves as one of the team captains; this year Donnie was more like a coach. Donnie is always on the sidelines at every game cheering his teammates on and coaching them as well and keeping them in the game when they are down. Donnie has proven to everyone when life does not go your way, you have to make the best of it. Donnie is one of the most respected kids I know on the field and in the classroom. I think Donnie deserves teammate of the year and to be recognized for all his hard work, motivation, dedication, determination for is his team and coaches.
-- Vincent Procopio
Manager Monsignor Bonner Football Team
A real teammate is dedicated to his team. He shows up to every practice, supports his teammates, keeps them energized and loose, and sets an example for the team. He picks a player up when they may be having a bad practice, or mess up in a game and are feeling down. Donnie Beese is the prime example of a real teammate. The kicker is that he hasn't played all year. Concussions have cut his football career short. It's unfortunate because he is a very good player. But even though he isn't on the playing field, he is an essential part of the team. I see him at every practice. He's always keeping guys loose, and has been a leader to the underclassmen, showing them the ropes to the Bonner football program. Even though he is not on the field, he retains his title as team captain. This says a lot about Donnie. The players and coaches think so highly of him, that they still think he is a great teammate even off the field. I have to agree. He's been at every practice, whether it was back in August with two-a-days, to the cold and rainy days of November. He has been there. I see him on the sidelines screaming and yelling to support his teammates. He always lets a player know he made a great play, or picks them up when they don't. Donnie Beese is a great teammate. He deserves to be named Teammate of the Year. Covering the Bonner football team, I've seen him all year long. Donnie Beese is a real teammate, and should be the recipient of Teammate of the Year.
-- Brian Nestle (Gang Green), Bonner 10
I would also like to nominate Donnie Beese from Monsignor Bonner for teammate of the year. Donnie suffered yet another concussion in training camp in a long line of head injuries and was unable to even play in so much as a scrimmage this year. Watching Donnie shortly after that, he seemed absolutely crushed. I'm sure you would be hard pressed to find something Donnie wouldn't give up for another chance to suit up with his teammates just one last time. While he was playing, Donnie was a hell of a football player. Starting at linebacker sophomore and junior seasons, as well as playing tight end and fullback during 08's three game season ending win streak, Donnie showed his versatility and never ending motor. Even now, unable to play, no one shows more enthusiasm for the program on the sidelines, during practice or off the field as Donnie Beese. Whenever there is a benefit, or Coach O needs some to represent Bonner football at an event, Donnie is always the first to step up and fulfill that role. Before games, Donnie is always in the middle of the huddles, pumping up his teammates and delivering fiery speeches to motivate everyone. Most kids who sustain a season ending injury before the season begins end up either fading out of the program or leaving it altogether. Donnie, however, has seemed to increase in enthusiasm and embraced his new role in stride. Donnie is always asking coaches what he can do to help during practices, whether it be filling up the water or carrying a few pads, and never complains about his task. I know Donnie would have wanted to do so much more in his senior season, but for everything he has done for our team and me, all I can say is thank you, and I sincerely hope you consider him strongly for this award.
-- Mike Murphy