(WTNH)–The Yale football team hits the road this weekend to take on Lehigh (2-2).
The Bulldogs are riding high after two big comeback wins, and last week’s game winning play featured a player who knows a thing or two about coming back.
Sebastian Little’s first touchdown catch at Yale was one he’ll never fogret. It won the game against Cornell, and it was four years in the making.
“The ball actually floated, it was in the air way too long, it kind of felt like a balloon slowly coming down, and I was like, this needs to get here already because I knew I had some room in front of me. I didn’t know how much, but I knew I had some space.”
“So, when I finally had it in my hands, I just kind of took off and went, man.”
The Cheshire native’s career at Yale has taken some time to take off. A knee injury in the first game of his freshman year forced him to miss the entire season. Last year, he missed five games with an ankle injury.
“Up until college, I’ve never been injured, so learning how to be injured was a new skill for me,” Little said.
His skills in high school were never an issue. Little was an all-state wide receiver for Cheshire. Going to Yale was a dream come true, but it almost didn’t happen.
“I acutally committed to Yale on a Sunday, to Tom Williams, and two days later that coaching staff was removed,” Little said.
So, he picked up the phone and called Harvard, and for the next month, he was committed to play for the Crimson.
“Most people actually, don’t really know this,” he said.
But when Yale hired then-Harvard assistant Tony Reno to replace Williams, Little followed his heart and returned to Yale.
“He’s one of those guys who really personifies what you want Yale football to be all about. If you said, draw me up a Yale football player, it would look like Sebby Little.”
Little is a senior, but thanks to a medical redshirt, he gets to come back next year. And there’s a good chance he’ll be a team captain.
“He’s a mentally and physically tough kid, one of the best leaders I’ve been around,” Reno said.