HERMON –In a time of athletic uncertainty, Hermon senior outfielder River Mullen has found his calling, and it may be a surprise that it’s not on the diamond.
“At this point I love football, I wrote a story about it, an essay one time, and it brought me to tears, so I just got to play football,” said Mullen.
During the college application process, Mullen wrote an essay on a transformative experience. That experience for him was playing football.
“Every time I reread it and went through and made edits, I was like ‘Wow, I’m writing this about myself’ and it’s just like reading it from a third person point of view, it’s just crazy,” said Mullen.
Mullen will have the opportunity to pursue two of his biggest passions next season when he enrolls at Maine Maritime Academy, and joins the Mariners football team. “Sports, it’s not my life, I got to do something, but then this opportunity at MMA came, and their program plus a sport, and then if I go in the military, it’s going to be phenomenal,” said Mullen.
Off the field, you can often find Mullen with a wrench in his hands and grease on his shirt. He’ll put his love for tinkering to good use and pursue a degree in Power Engineering Operations at Maine Maritime..
“I have pictures from my dad, and I don’t know how old, creating the craziest LEGO things, making things, always in the woods, always doing something, always playing with something, always rebuilding things, always taking things apart, you name it I’ve taken it apart,” said Mullen.
In a time when sports has been taken away from many, Mullen says he is happy to show that his identity extends beyond the lines painted on the field; “hey I’m not just an athlete, I have a heart too everyone does.”