When Tommy Zbikowski was a youngster growing up in the Chicago suburbs, he was taken to his first college football game at the University of Notre Dame.
Zbikowski's uncle (Peter Schiverili) took him to that game in a limousine. Tommy sat in the office of Lou Holtz before the game started and he had the chance to meet the entire coaching staff.
"They should have made the movie "Rudy" about Peter (Schiverili)." Said Ed Zbikowski, the father of Tommy Zbikowski.
"Peter attended a very strict, top academic, high school in the city (Chicago) and after high school, he worked in construction for four years.
Peter decided after four years in the construction biz that he wanted to play football and go to school at Notre Dame. He applied, was accepted and he also walked on the football team.
Wait, it gets better. Peter while going to school and playing football for Notre Dame also managed the band "Chicago".
I think Tommy thought this was the way it was supposed to be. Going to games in limo's, sitting in the head coaches office, but he's worked very hard and he's kept a level head." Ed Zbikowski said.
Tommy Zbikowski has kept a level head and he's going to realize a life long dream of playing college football.
Zbikowski was a regular at the Notre Dame football camps while growing up and he's just received his first scholarship offer.
No, Notre Dame hasn't offered yet but former Irish assistant and current Bowling Green head coach, Urban Meyer remembered Zbikowski from camp and offered a scholarship.
"Bowling Green offered me a scholarship." Zbikowski said. "I just went to a Wisconsin junior day. Northwestern, Iowa, Notre Dame, Stanford, Purdue, Nebraska, Illinois and Michigan have all been sending mail.
"If I had to pick early favorites, they would be Nebraska, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Wisconsin and Bowling Green."
Tommy Zbikowski is a dual-threat quarterback and he'll be a three-year starter for Buffalo Grove. He played quarterback and defensive back as a sophomore and junior. Most schools are recruiting Tommy as an athlete.
In 2001, Zbikowski had 1,200 yards passing and 1,090 yards rushing. He also had 18 rushing touchdowns and 14 passing touchdowns.
Zbikowski's talent doesn't stop on the gridiron. Tommy is also one of the best teenage boxers in the United States.
Zbikowski's record is 60-13. He's been a national silver glove finalist and he's also been a three-time regional and state champion. Tommy has also represented Chicago while boxing in Ireland.
Tommy Zbikowski will definitely be a prospect to watch in 2002.
Athlete Tommy Zbikowski
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