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John Handowski commits to TLU

John Handowski commits to TLU
After signing his letter of intent to Texas Lutheran University, John Handowski’s family and coach congratulate him. Handowski is joined by (from left) his mother, Molly; brother, Sam; Head Coach Jeff Luna; sister, Veronica; and his father, Robert. / ROBERT C. McDONALD/Reprints at

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April 3, 2013
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FLORESVILLE -- He was a big part of the Tiger football team for four years, and now, after signing his letter of intent March 22, senior John Handowski will look to become a big part of the Bulldog football team at Texas Lutheran University (TLU).

Handowski, a linebacker for the Tigers, considered several additional offers from schools like the University of Texas at San Antonio, Hardin-Simmons University, and Sul Ross State University. In the end, though, he felt TLU was the best fit and had the best location.

While he said he would definitely miss his friends, family, fellow athletes, and the entire community of Floresville, he is looking forward to playing football at the collegiate level, and to enjoying the college atmosphere. He appreciates that TLU has a relatively small student-to-teacher ratio, and is excited about pursuing a degree in either criminal justice or pre-law, with plans to work in federal law enforcement following graduation.

While he has a number of great football memories from high school, to include nearly every game with Medina Valley, and the touchdown he scored against Port Lavaca, Handowski said his most memorable game was his freshman year, when he got his first varsity start during the homecoming game.

With his high school football career behind him, Handowski has begun focusing on his future at TLU, and has set the goal of making the traveling squad as a freshman. He also has the goal of keeping up well with his classes, and with the people of Floresville.

“It’s going to take a lot of hard work, time management, and I need to learn to study,” he said. “I need to stay on the right track, and stay true to my values. If I can do that, I hope to avoid hard times.”

That sort of mentality and focus is part of what made Handowski so successful in high school, and his stats from his senior season were especially impressive. The linebacker racked up 157 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss and three quarterback sacks. He tallied 25 quarterback pressures, forced a fumble, and snatched an interception. For his efforts, Handowski was named as the District 29-4A Defensive Player of the Year, he was named first team All Greater San Antonio Area, and received honorable mention All-State recognition by the Texas Sportswriters Association. He received academic all-district honors, and received second-team Academic All-State honors by the Texas High School Coaches Association.

With credentials like that, it seems quite clear why Head Coach Danny Padron and the TLU Bulldogs want Handowski wearing their uniform.

Handowski gave thanks to his parents and coaches, but had a special message for the people of Floresville.

“I want to thank the community. I wouldn’t be where I am today without all the support I received,” he said. “I appreciate all the support we got at all the games, and hope everyone keeps on supporting the Tigers. I know I will.”

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