The current players' legacy is simple. It was they that helped transform Rutgers Stadium from one of empty seats and an apathetic fan base into one that regularly packs the house. It was they that made Scarlet Knight football relevant in the state of New Jersey, and nationally. "I am excited to play in this stadium one last time," Foster said. "The atmosphere here is totally different than it was five years ago. To come back on this field one more time, it is going to mean so much to me to walk on this field Saturday afternoon."
Playing with guys like Brandon Renkart on the defense for five years is
something that Foster is very proud of.
"It is by grace of God that we get to finish up together," alluding to the
fact that he and Brandon didn't actually start on the same side of the
ball. "Because guys leave and go. Just to have the privilege to be with
those guys all five years to work out together and finish our last game
together, it will be something we always remember. It is going to be
special to all of us."
Renkart shares Foster's sentiments as he spoke about playing his last game
at Rutgers Stadium with a big smirk on his face trying to hold back his
"It has been a great five years," Renkart said. "I have had nothing but
good memories here. I can't let the emotion get too involved. This is a
great group of guys that I came in with. You see the progression the last
five years. It is just amazing to see how much things have changed."
Keeping emotions in check will be extremely important for the players as
the Scarlet Knights enter Rutgers Stadium one more time. The coaching
staff has spoken to the players about making sure that they stay focused
and finish out their last home game strong.
Rutgers still has two games and almost definitely, a bowl game left on the
schedule, which would give the Scarlet Knights the opportunity to enjoy a
nine win season.
"We definitely want to finish up the season strong," Foster said. "I think
we have been handling it pretty well as far as practicing and preparing.
We are looking forward to it. I want to finish up strong. Everybody in
here wants to finish up strong."
Foster and Renkart will their five-year run as captains and that is
perhaps the most fulfilling thing that could have happened to them during
their time at Rutgers.
"We take our responsibility very seriously," Foster said. "The team chose
us to lead them. I embrace that role and it is a privilege to be honored
as a captain."
Being a fifth year senior, players have extra time on their hands as most
of them have finished up their required classes. Foster, who is an
extremely determined football player used this extra time to increase his
"I have extra time on my hands and that time is planned out very well as
far as getting extra treatment and watching extra film," Foster said. "I
took the advantage of having that extra time and put it towards my body
and towards football preparation."
This is also time of the year that discussions start about players like
Foster, and about where in the NFL Draft [this spring] they may be
heading. Foster is trying not to think about it too much but has talked
with the coaching staff about what is going to happen over the next few
"I know that goal is there because that is my childhood goal, to play at
the highest level I can play," Foster said. "Those goals are always there
no matter what happens. I can't let those goals be a distraction, because
I have to play the best I can play right now."
Of course, if football does not work out for Foster, he has already begun
to take steps toward his next career. Foster has been serving as an intern
with the New Jersey State Troopers and is interested in getting into law
enforcement after football.
"It is a different angle in my life and it is a lot of fun," Foster said.
"You can't bank on it to make it to the NFL and I realize that."
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