Joe Novotasky, a senior from Middleburg, Fla., just completed a standout football playing career at North Greenville University and now the team captain for the Crusaders can look ahead to a May graduation.
But most importantly, Joe has been a role model for the young NGU team because of his strong work ethic, on and off the field.
Joe graduated from Middleburg High School and transferred to North Greenville to play because he felt he could play right away in a perfect environment. He is a three year starter and has worked diligently to earn the captain position for his senior year. His teammates say that he is a consistent defensive tackler that always manages to come up with a big play every game. Joe has provided the leadership for the younger players on the team and always sets the pace for practices and workouts. Even though Joe is very serious on the field, he does not forget to have fun and he has been affectionately dubbed the “Polish Ambassador.”
When asked what he would say to any athletes or students considering attending NGU, he replied, “Come here and stick it out and push through. It is a good school and there are a lot of good people at North Greenville. I would say that making it through all the years of playing football and making it through college to graduation is my biggest accomplishment. I have loved the opportunity to help the younger guys on the team.” Novotasky, who will earn a bachelor’s degree in his sport management major following his internship in the spring, started at nose guard the last three seasons and had 93.5 total tackles and 11.5 tackles for loss. He will be missed on the Crusader playing field and in the classroom, but in May he will utter his final, “Well, see ya later!” on the NGU campus in Tigerville.