Taking Aim with … Apollos WR Matt Sewall – Part One of Two
By Tom Alexander
SAN ANTONIO — Who are the Orlando Apollos? Every Apollo has a story, and each day of training camp, we’ll be sitting down with Apollos players, coaches and staff members for a quick Q&A so you can get to know the people putting their hearts and souls into winning the first-ever Alliance of American Football championship.
We caught up with Apollos wide receiver Matt Sewall. The Bryant University product grew up in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, where he was an option quarterback in high school. Sewall converted to receiver in college, and attended mini-camps with multiple NFL teams, including the New York Jets and Houston Texans.
Q: How long have you been playing football?
A: “I’ve been playing football since I was about six or seven. Before you could play Pop Warner, just going to football camps with my brother, just kind of tagging along.”
Q: Your brother played, too?
A: “He’s [Bobby Sewall] my older brother by eight years. He’s the one that really put me onto the game. He played a little bit for the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before playing with the Jacksonville Sharks in the Arena League.”
Q: What were you doing when you got the call about joining the Apollos?
A: “I graduated from Bryant with a marketing degree. Like I said, I was invited to those camps, and after getting cut from those camps, I had to start making money, so I was actually working for a food distributor, in the marketing department. I did that for a couple months while working out on the side. I commuted two-and-a-half hours each way between Newport, Rhode Island, and Boston to train four times a week while working full-time. Luckily, my boss was flexible with me that I could train in the morning and work in the afternoon.”
Q: What would it mean to you to make the Apollos roster?
A: “It would mean everything. It would mean that all those hours driving to Boston were worth it. It would mean that this lifelong dream of mine has substance to it, and proving doubters wrong and supporters right.”
Sewall and 74 other Apollos are working to win the final 52 roster spots before the first game of The Alliance of American Football season. Orlando hosts the Atlanta Legends Saturday, February 9, at Spectrum Stadium on the UCF campus. The game will be broadcast nationally on CBS.
What are Sewall’s personal philosophy and favorite food? Find out in Part 2 of our Q&A, coming Monday.