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Skaneateles Athlete Loves More Than Just Football

TJ Greenfield is managing his time as a student, football player, and farmer (c) 2017 Tommy Farrell

By Tommy Farrell SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – TJ Greenfield has known he wanted to be a farmer for as long as he can remember. At 11-years-old, TJ was able to learn an assortment of jobs on his family farm, Greenfield Farms LLC.

This past summer was particularly tough for Greenfield Farms. A wet spring made it hard to harvest and maintain the crops, which led to more hours working for TJ.

“It was really tough,” TJ said. “Some weeks this summer, I found myself working 70, 80 hour weeks and then having to go to football on top of that, it was pretty hard to get up every morning and go back to work. But, I drank a lot of red bull and just made it happen.”

Now a captain of the 7-1 Skaneateles High School Football team, TJ has to manage his time efficiently so he can have time for school, football, and the farm. He’s resigned to splitting his 24 hours a day four ways – sleep, farm, school, football.

TJ’s typical day:

  • Wake up early to work on the farm
  • Go to school
  • Work on the farm some more
  • Go to football
  • Do homework
  • Go to sleep

Skaneateles Head Football Coach, Joe Sindoni, said TJ was a unanimous vote for captain. He would show up for summer workouts covered in mud, oil, and grease.

“TJ has shown that even though he has other priorities, he’s made football important to him,” Sindoni said.

Even though TJ has to work on the farm now, his parents said he can follow whatever career he wants after high school. But, he wants to stay in the farming industry as long as possible.

“At 10 or 12, I started to fall in love with it,” TJ said. “I plan on going out to the Midwest.”

TJ plans on moving to the Midwest from June to November 2018 in hopes of gaining more experience on bigger farms. But for now, TJ and his teammates have goals on winning the state championship. Skaneateles will take on Canastota on October 28th in the 2017 NYSPHSAA Section III Class C semifinals.



TJ working on his family farm (c) 2017 Photo provided by Greenfield family