By Zachary Watkins – Sports Editor
When Haiden Majewski was playing Allendale Rocket Football League as an 8-year-old, he knew he wanted to play football. The now 19-year-old freshman lived and breathed football.
Majewski was a three-sport star in high school, born into a family of athletes. His father played football, mother ran track and played softball, his older brother played football, and his sisters played volleyball, basketball and softball. Majewski’s sister Hailey, played basketball at GRCC in 2011.
“There’s a lot of kids who do just the baseball and think that’s all they’ll need, and then there’s others who play all three and get behind,” GRCC baseball coach Mike Cupples said. “I think the cross training you get helps. There’s not a lot of people playing all three sports. At a smaller school like Allendale, you have more of an opportunity to get those three sports.
“He’s a very smart kid as far as his game is concerned. You can see how it’s filtered through the quarterbacking and the basketball he’s played.”
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound quarterback with a 3.8 GPA raked in the awards at Allendale High School. Majewski was named all-state honorable mention and Muskegon all-star game MVP his senior year, while being named to the OK Blue all-conference team as a junior and a senior.
In baseball, Majewski was named to the all-conference team in his junior and senior season, while being named to the all-conference basketball team as only a junior. Majewski missed his senior season, due to a broken ankle, suffered in a 24-21 win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central.
“Baseball was my backup behind football,” Majewski said. “I had a couple offers, but nothing after that. A couple of them said they’d try and get me in, but I just lost interest.
“It sucks. It was hard because I got something taken away from me that I had no control over. It was a tough situation.”
As football coaches began to lose interest, Cupples began to show his and approached Majewski mid-summer 2014.
“Coach (Cupples) thought I was playing football and he asked what I had going on in the summer and I told him I had nothing,” Majewski said. “I wouldn’t say it was my dream to be playing at CC, but I’m still really happy I got the opportunity to be playing a sport in college.”
Majewski is currently listed as an infielder, but can take the mound if needed.
“Right now he’s behind Villar at short, and still learning the ropes,” Majewski said. “If need be, we might get him on the mound. We know he can pitch. We’re seeing what he has, and seeing if he wants to get on the mound a little bit.”
Though Majewski enjoys playing baseball, his goal in athletics is to return to the gridiron.
“I’m talking to Davenport’s football coach at the moment, because they’re starting a football team,” Majewski said. “We’re just trying to get that sorted. It’s just talking right now. I’m just trying to spread the word that I’m trying to get back into it.
“It would be nice to get back together with a wide receiver, Nate Couturier, who is graduating this year. He’s a year behind me, and was my leading receiver in high school.”
When the sun sets on Majewski’s playing career, he hopes to fall back on a career path he chose while rehabbing his ankle.
“I want to become a physician’s assistant and then hopefully a physical therapist,” Majewski said. “I really got the PA and PT idea from when I broke my ankle.”