Ray Catton - Nose Guard #56 - Class of 2008
Where are you living now and what are you doing?
I am currently finishing up my Neurology residency at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and then will move onto my Vascular Neurology and Neurointerventional Surgery fellowships.
What is your first memory of running onto Kottmeyer Field?
My first memory of running out onto Kottmeyer Field was for our first home game during my sophomore season. I spent years watching the team run out onto the field when I was in middle school and as a freshman and to finally be able to partake in that experience was amazing. All of the hard work we put into it and then to finally be there and running out onto the field as part of the team made it so meaningful.
What accomplishment in your life are you most proud of?
Matching into a Neurointerventional Surgery fellowship, becoming a member of the board of trustees of the Massachusetts Medical Society, and becoming a policy advocate in Washington, DC on behalf of the American Academy of Neurology.
What is one thing Downingtown Football taught you that you carry with you today?
Downingtown East Football taught me all about discipline and determination and it is still just as present as it was when I was a player.
I wish I knew this when I played…
I wish that I knew just how quickly time would fly by. One minute you're going to your first ever offseason practice as a freshman and then next thing you know you're in your senior season. Cherish every moment of it while you're there.
What would you like to share to the current and future Downingtown Football Players?
Enjoy your time playing at Downingtown East and make the most of it while you're there. You will learn discipline, work ethic, and determination while playing that you will use for the rest of your lives. You may not realize it now, but all of your coaches are tirelessly working to make you the best man you can be; not just on the field, but off the field as well. You will learn important life lessons much earlier than a lot of other people out there and you will be at such an advantage when you move onto the next step. Your years playing football for Downingtown East will help to mold you into the best person you can be and give you the tools to succeed in everything you do.
What was your favorite non-athletic activity at Downingtown?
Hanging out at Stadium Grille with everyone.