Governor's student Jos Cremers '19 was featured in the Boston Herald on Thursday, November 9.
The article, entitled “Hot Shots: Jos Cremers Hears Cheers at The Governor’s Academy,” describes how Cremers overcame losing his hearing at a young age in Germany and what led him to play football in the United States. The article features interviews with both Cremers and Governor’s Football Head Coach Jim O'Leary. It also features a video of Cremers' interview.
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BYFIELD — Jos Cremers knew from an early age that he was going to eventually lose his hearing.
That moment came in a German classroom when he was 10. A panicked youngster texted his mother to explain what had happened. Cremers was taken to the hospital where, despite numerous tests, there was nothing they could do at the time to restore his hearing.
The family eventually opted for surgery in which cochlear implants were surgically installed. Cremers celebrated the success by calling his mom, who was startled that she could carry on a conversation with her son via phone.
“She could not believe it,” Cremers said with a smile recently while recalling the moment at Governor’s Academy. “The next morning, I woke up, went outside and heard these loud noises which were birds. I couldn’t ever remember hearing them before.”
Shortly thereafter, Cremers discovered football. Because of his size — he’s up to 6-foot-5, 290 pounds — he tried out for the local club football team and was hooked on the sport. Football became so much of a passion that Cremers enrolled in a student exchange program so that he could play in high school in the United States.
“I watched film and YouTube of football here, and I wanted to do it,” Cremers, who came over from Germany and played in Nebraska for Exeter-Milligan High School. “There is such a big difference between football over there and here in the states.”
Once the yearlong exchange program ended, Cremers sought other ways to stay in America.
Fellow German and former NFL defensive lineman Bjorn Werner started an organization called Gridiron Imports in which he brings potential players from overseas to the United States. Like Cremers, Werner played some high school football at the Salisbury School in Connecticut before attending Florida State.
On behalf of Cremers, Werner reached out to several of the local prep schools in the area, including Governor’s Academy.
“We saw the tapes and started recruiting him,” Governor’s coach Jim O’Leary said. “He’s a talented player and an amazing kid. Before the season started, he gave a preseason talk to the team in which he talked about overcoming his own hardships and never to give up.”
Cremers has been a steady factor in the trenches for a Governor’s team that is 5-2 in the Independent School League. Other than a few minor adjustments made to compensate for his hearing (including ISL referees allow him to remove his helmet on the field at times to adjust hearing devices), O’Leary said Cremers is no different than any other player.
“We treat him pretty much the same,” O’Leary said. “One of the minor things we’ve done is to have our quarterback (Jared Dupere) look at him in the huddle just to make sure he understands and can hear the play.”
Considering that in a span of six years, Cremers has lost and regained his hearing, moved from Germany to Nebraska to Byfield without his family (his parents, Louie and Morag, along with younger brother Jan still reside in Germany), he is a well-grounded young man. Cremers credits Governor’s for providing a seamless transition.
“I definitely don’t regret the choice, especially with coach O,” Cremers said. “The people here have been so supportive. If they see you are struggling, they are right there to catch you.
“It’s a great feeling to have that."
- Courtesy of Boston Herald and Dan Ventura