Dan Theodoridis took a screen pass from Justin Floody and raced downfield Sunday in a touch football game at Norwalk High's Testa Field. A few people watched from the stands as Theodoridis' team, Pastime Athletic Club, defeated Tucci Lumber, 14-0, in the semifinals of the Norwalk Recreation and Parks League playoff game.
That snapshot from the game stood in stark contrast to where Theodoridis stood May 31. That's when Dan, a Norwalk High grad, helped Duke defeat Notre Dame, 6-5, in front of 37,126 people in Baltimore. Theodoridis, a senior defenseman, cracked the starting lineup as a senior and started 18 of the team's 20 games en route to a 16-4 record and the national lacrosse title.
The dichotomy wasn't lost on Theodoridis. "It's totally different,'' Dan said. "This is just something I'm doing to have fun. I wouldn't pass up the opportunity to play with my friends. I realized that winning the championship would be the pinnacle of my career. The touch football is all about being with my buddies and having fun. I haven't been able to play football in five years."
While playing lacrosse at Duke, Dan knew his friends were playing touch football back home and he yearned to join them. Bur the potential risks were too costly. "We were always wary of getting injured over break,'' Dan said. "Some players spent a month home and were skiing or sledding and some came back with twisted ankles or something. We worked so hard during the fall that when I came home I just wanted to relax. Now I have to be proactive about exercising."
Theodoridis has stayed busy since May. In August, Duke was among several collegiate champions that met with President Obama. He attended a football game in Durham, N.C., to receive his championship ring. And he began working in the past two weeks at UBS in Stamford. Work is his first priority, however, he would like to remain associated with lacrosse.
"I don't want to say I've put the stick down for good,'' Dan said. "We're going to have a Norwalk alumni game, and at some point I'd like to help give back to the kids and give back to Norwalk High. I'll just have figure out to juggle it all with my work schedule."
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