D9and10Sports.com is highlighting returning high school student-athletes this summer. The year in school listed next to the athlete’s name is the year the athlete is entering this fall.
JACOB COSTANZO – SENIOR – KANE
Parents Names: Michelle Costanzo, Angelo Costanzo
Sports Played: Football, basketball, baseball
Siblings: Angelo (Ang) (21), Jarrett (14)
Social Media Handles: Instagram: jakecostanzo
2020-21 Highlights: D9 football all-star, Big 30 football all-star, D9 Large School football all-star
College Athletics plan if applicable: I have aspirations to play football in college, but undecided as of now.
Q&A With Jacob Costanzo
D9and10Sports: How did you first get involved in sports and did you like it?
A: Sports have always been a staple to my family for several generations. Both of my parents played sports in high school, and they educated me an unprecedented amount on each sport I play.
D9and10Sports: Who has been your biggest influence in life and why?
A: My parents have definitely been my biggest influence in life. I am the type of person I am today because of them and the important lessons they continually teach me every day. I’m extremely lucky to say I was blessed with two amazing parents and mentors in my life.
D9and10Sports: What is your favorite high school sports memory?
A: My favorite high school sports memory is winning my first district 9 playoff game, in football, my sophomore year.
D9and10Sports: What is your favorite social media platform and why?
A: Instagram is definitely my favorite social media platform based on all of the sports highlights and updates I am able to see on my feed.
D9and10Sports: What would someone who is meeting you for the first time be surprised to find out about you?
A: I don’t have any unusual hobbies, though I do enjoy video games a lot. Many people could see me as a person who enjoys being outside and doing adventurous things only. But I very much so enjoy video games.
D9and10Sports: If there was one period in history you could go back to, what would it be and why?
A: I would love to be able to go back to the era of Teddy Roosevelt and his involvement in football. I learned everything I know about him in Coach Silfies’s history class. He did an extreme amount to save and protect the game of football, due to several injuries that were occurring. The idea that he was scared for a generation of children that didn’t play football has stuck with me ever since I learned about it.
D9and10Sports: What will you tell your kids someday about living through the COVID-19 pandemic?
A: I took several lessons from COVID-19, and one of the lessons I would tell my kids is that you should never have an excuse to work hard. COVID-19 was an extremely hard time for everyone, but the attitude you carry is what got you through it. Laziness was never an option.
D9and10Sports: What is your ideal place to live? Country, City, Suburb and why?
A: The ideal place for me to live would definitely be a suburb. Suburbs usually contain good areas of people and a good relationship with neighbors. Also, the types of houses in suburbs are extremely ideal for what I would like to live in.
D9and10Sports: Is there anything you wish we would have asked you? If so, what is the answer?
A: There is one question that I wish was asked and that, “what do you believe defines yourself?” This is an extremely good question because at times it is very hard to find what defines you as a person. But through COVID-19, tragedies, and other obstacles I have faced, I found that the characteristic of grit is what defines me. No matter how bad things truly are, I always find myself back up on my feet.