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Valentine competes for spot in International Bowl

PORT NECHES — Nick Valentine has not let the boundaries of Texas be his stopping point for playing football.
The Port Neches-Groves defensive lineman has for three years been a part of the United States National Developmental team and again hopes to compete in the International Bowl.
Playing in the game and being a part of the team has given Valentine the chance to teach players from other countries the game of American football.
“It is a huge honor,” Valentine said. “I enjoy playing for them. It is a great experience to meet other players from around the country and to play against teams who do not know as much about American football.
“Some of the times there is a language barrier. That is hard. I worked with some D-linemen earlier this year from Japan. That was fun. They could interrupt what I was saying.”
It is difficult to make the national team. It all begins with camps before players are chosen into multiple teams that play against each other. Finally, a player could be chosen to put on a USA jersey to compete in the International Bowl and now this season a new round has taken shape.
The best players who compete in the International Bowl have a shot to represent the country in the world championships.
Valentine is not only playing for himself in the games, he also is representing PN-G.
“We have a good school here and a great team,” Valentine added. “To share my style of play with others is an honor.”
A big aspect of being a part of the national team is Valetine has not taken much time off during the summer. Two-a-day workouts for most area high schools start on Aug. 3. His conditioning is at a high level already after participating with the developmental teams.
“I am getting better,” Valentine said. “The more I improve, the better chance of me playing at a higher level.”

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Gabriel Pruett has worked with both the Port Arthur News and Orange Leader since 2000. A majority of the time has been spent covering all aspects of Southeast Texas high school sports. Pruett's claim to fame is...being able to write his own biographical information for this website.

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