Several months back, Aaron Hood Jr. received an invitation to play football with Team USA in an international contest against Team Mexico.
After accepting the invitation he started mentally and physically preparing himself and his body for the task at hand. Less than two weeks ago, Hood Jr. embarked on the long journey down to Monterrey, Mexico.
Team USA was loaded with talent from big cities & states like Louisiana, Chicago, Maryland, Mississippi, and Texas, according to Coach and father Aaron Hood. Being the next to the youngest player on this 3rd & 4th grade team of future D1 prospects, Hood Jr. was named one of the team’s captains during the first practice. After the second practice it was said that Hood Jr. would be starting on both sides of the ball as well as playing on special teams.
On game day, Team USA wonn the toss and opted to defer until second half, so on the first play of the game, from the middle linebacker position, Hood Jr. chased down an outside sweep for no gain to set the tone and get his first of many recorded solo tackles.
Team USA’s defense was very selfish that day giving up zero points and allowing it’s offense to control the game by putting up 41 points. Hood Jr. contributed to that victory with 2 rushing TD’s, 2 PAT’s, a punt return for a TD, and multiple tackles on defense. With this performance, Aaron Hood Jr. was named Team USA all around MVP.