EULESS — What do you do when the one thing most people know you for is the worst moment of your life? Eric Fieilo knows the feeling.
At the end of a senior year playoff loss in 2008 to Allen, the then-Euless Trinity High linebacker took out an official.
“I knew the decision I made was bad,” Fieilo said. “It was out of frustration, anger, selfishness, being prideful.”
Fieilo was placed in an alternative campus and all his major Division I college scholarships were gone, too.
“At that time, I believed it was done for me,” Fieilo said.
But the soft-spoken and hard-hitting young man got another chance, at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville.
He majored in criminal justice, played for the Bearkats, graduated, and is now back in Euless again – about to complete his first year as an officer with the Euless Police Department.
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“They trust in me, and they do believe that I’ve changed and moved on from that incident,” Fieilo said.
He says he’s moved on, but when he saw the video of two San Antonio Jay High players earlier this month attacking an official, he says it all came back.
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“Every time I hear something like that, I feel like I was the one to egg it on — I was the one to do that,” Fieilo said. “Hopefully, one day I can forgive myself.”
Fieilo wasn’t criminally charged for his hit – the two Jay players still face that potential, in what appears to be a coordinated target that may have involved members of the coaching staff.
Fieilo, now 25, is married and a father of two, and says he has advice for the two young men facing potentially serious consequences: “If they are charged, take it. Take it for the good and learn from it and move on in life,” Fieilo said. “Don’t let it hold you down. Don’t let it define the human being that you are.
“Come back from it.”
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