Law quarterback John Neider selected as Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year

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Law quarterback John Neider has been selected  the 2022-23 Gatorade Connecticut Football Player of the Year, the company announced Friday morning.

Neider, a member of the GameTineCT all-state team, is the first player to be chosen from Law. 

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound senior receiver-turned-quarterback led the Lawmen to a 10-2 season — the most single-season victories in program history— and the Class M state semifinals. Neider completed 155 of 236 pass attempts (66 percent) for 2,289 yards and 30 touchdowns with six interceptions. He also rushed for 1,696 yards and 24 touchdowns on 131 carries, averaging 12.9 yards per attempt.

The Gatorade award recognizes excellence both on and off the field. Neider has volunteered locally at a charity car wash to raise money for cancer research and has donated his time reading to children at his former elementary school. Neider has also maintained a 4.18 weighted GPA.  

“His ability to run made him such a dangerous player. Whether it was designed runs or scrambles, he had the size, speed, and physicality to really hurt you whenever he took off running,” said Sheehan football coach John Ferrazzi in the release. “He also proved to be extremely effective as a passer. He has good arm strength and showed good accuracy distributing the ball to many receivers. (Law) would be a completely different team without him.”

Neider is a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Football Player of the Year award to be announced in January.; @nhrJoeMorelli