Kids grow up playing the game of football for the love of the game, for the dream of one day playing college football, and hopefully, for a rare few, Pro Football in the NFL.
One of Colorado's leaders on defense is having fun again playing football.
Chidera Uzo-Diribe isn't shy about looking forward to his senior season here in Boulder.
BuffPlayBook.com caught up with Diribe this past Tuesday to get his thoughts on several subjects.
"I see a lot of differences this spring and summer with our new coaching staff," said Diribe. "This coaching staff brings a ton of energy. We as players are enjoying playing football again."
Diribe wasn't sure what to think about his new defensive line coach Jeff Jeffcoat or his new head Coach Mike MacIntyre.
"When the new coaching staff was hired I started doing my research," Diribe said. "When I realized who Coach MacIntyre was and that I was going to be coached by a NFL star, I was excited. Coach Jeffcoat pushes me everyday, he knows what it takes to play at the next level."
The talented defensive end also sees a change when it comes to the new coaching staff.
"I see a lot of differences," Diribe said. "The coaching staff brings a ton of energy. We are enjoying playing football again."
Being a senior defensive returning starter, Diribe realizes that there is a lot of responsibility for him and his fellow senior teammates in regards to senior leadership.
"We have a great group of seniors," Diribe said. "I want to do whatever I can to help the younger guys."
Diribe is also hoping for great things his last season.
"We are going to take one game at a time," Diribe said. "I can't wait for the season to get here. I wished we played Colorado State tomorrow. I'm ready for fall camp and to get this started. We know that we have to work hard to be successful."
According to Diribe, he and his teammates are working harder than they have since he has been at Colorado.
"We are working a lot harder than we have in the past," Diribe said. "It's going to benefit us as a team during the season."
When asked about his dreams for the future, Diribe didn't hesitate.
"God willing I would love to play football at the next level (NFL)," Diribe said. "But more importantly I want to be a part of a winning team, I want this team to be the one that begins getting this program turned around. That would mean the world to me."
Diribe and his teammates will get started by taking on Colorado State in Denver on Sunday September 1st at 4:00 p.m.