2006 All Star East
6’2″ 225 lbs.
High School Coach: Chris Kelbert
High School: Livonia Franklin, A
College: Wayne State University
Darin’s football career began at the age of ten where he first laced up his spikes for the Westland Comets. After three years D.J. traded in spikes for skates and began to concentrate on playing travel hockey. However, his size and speed were not something that the coaching staff at Franklin was going to let go by the wayside. Eventually, D.J. joined the freshman team at Franklin, four games into the season; his impact was immediate. As a sophomore on the JV squad, D.J. played both ways and helped the Patriots to an undefeated season. His teammates voted him MVP for both of his varsity seasons. After a disappointing junior season, D.J. and the other Patriot seniors dedicated themselves to take their game to the next level. D.J.’s hard work and determination led to a break out senior year. D.J. continued to play both ways. As a fullback, he rushed for 1,247 yards on 148 carries and scored 15 TD’s. Defensively, he recorded 89 tackles, 13 of which were for loss, and 8 sacks from the linebacker position. D.J. leaves Franklin after leading the Patriots to an undefeated regular season, a conference title, and Franklin’s first playoff win since 1975. D.J. also set 7 season and career records at Franklin.
“No one gets there alone. A single person’s success can be attributed to those he surrounds himself with. My team adopted the motto, ‘We Did It As A Team.’ I thank my family, who has supported me my entire career. I also thank my friends, teammates, and coaches for sharing this important part of my life. Thank you so much. I will never forget what all of you have done for me.”