Ian Sadler made the decision at the start of his sophomore year in high school: He was going to spend more time with football.
He’d liked football and played it. No question, though, soccer had consumed him. Sadler was good enough to hone his skills on elite club teams such as the FC Dallas youth program and the Dallas Texans.
All year, every year, starting about age 4.
“I ended up quitting,” Sadler, now a Texas Tech football player, said recently, “because I had just gotten burned out, because I had played so many years, so many days in a row.”