Berezik and GVSU a Perfect Fit

In a matter of a few days, Warren DeLa Salle's Jimmy Berezik will be in Allendale and practicing with the Grand Valley State Lakers. Berezik has traveled a long road to get to where he is now. Find out why he chose GV and his touching family story right here at GVReport.

The recent MHSFCA High School All Star game was the final closing to Jimmy Berezik's career. Even though the shifty tailback had just lead his Warren De La Salle Pilots to the state championship game, Berezik was still under the radar as far as recruiting and accolades. The game came as a validation to the hard work he had put in for four years and also was a reward for his family, who had stood by him through it all.

"My family was the key reason I have been successful," he said to the MHSFCA, "My mother passed away right before the season started on June 15. She passed away from Adrenal Gland cancer. This was a huge loss for me and my family. My mom was my rock and my everything."

With his mother gone and the season about to get under way, the rest of Berezik's family did everything in their power to make sure Jimmy was taken care of.

"My family made an extra effort to fill the gap that she left in my life," he said, "My grandma goes to all my games and makes sure I am staying straight with football and studies. She also cooks meals for me all the time."

Staying close to his family factored into where he decided to attend college. At the Michigan State summer camp last year, he ran the fastest forty yard dash, a 4.44 and had the highest vertical jump, 41 inches. But as the decision came down between the Spartans and GVSU, it became increasingly clear where he wanted to go.

"MSU wanted me to play safety," he reported, "I had never really played defense before. I would be willing to try it, but I love playing running back so much and scoring touchdowns. So I figured, why not go to a school that wins championships? They won like five of the last six and I hate losing, they've won 28 straight, so it just seemed like a good fit," and as for the location, he said, "It was one of the reasons, but not the only one. But, it's close by, only two hours away so my family can come to my games."

As a 5'3, 130 lb freshman, Berezik barely sniffed the field; subsequently dedicating himself to the weight room, he is now 5'10, 192 lbs. After rushing for 1830 yards and 18 touchdowns as a senior, there is no worry about being tried on defense at Grand Valley. Even though the Lakers feature a talent laden offense, Berezik is confident that if he puts in the same hard work he did in high school, he will have a successful career in Allendale. After all the work he's already done, who would doubt him?

"They don't know if I'll redshirt, but I hope I don't," he confessed, "I've seen the two running backs older than me and they're really the only two competing for the job, so I if I work out and learn the plays, I think I'll be good."

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