Gridiron Heroes: The Return of Fred
EDINBURG – Former Bobcat football player Fred Reyna III has stayed busy since leaving Edinburg High School. On game days, you can find him at Richard R. Flores Stadium where’s a member of the staff.
“I usually help the people at the concessions stands,” said Reyna. “They need help to unload.”
Fred is a jack-of-all trades for the stadium staff. Whether it’s directing busses, opening gates, or ushering guests in, Fred does it all with a smile. The best part for him? There’s always football to watch.
“I miss football,” said Reyna. “I feel like I want to go back to my helmet, cleats, and shoulder pads. But it’s not going to happen.”
Fred’s football days may be over, but he’s still a goal-driven athlete. Four years ago, Fred weight 350 pounds. That’s when he went to his first Crossfit class with his mom.
“I tried that stuff and it wasn’t good for me,” said Cris Palacios. “But he kept going and he likes the group kind of community coming together and pushing each other. He likes that a lot.”
Thanks to exercise and a good diet, Fred has now lost over 150 pounds. His success story has helped to inspire others around him.
“People say it’s hard for them to lose all that body weight,” said Reyna. “I just tell people to try their best.”
“Starting in 2013 and we’re now 2017,” said Palacios. “He’s been able to keep his weight down. No medical intervention. No pills or anything. Just a little change in his lifestyle.”
Fred documents his workouts on social media. One fan who’s seen the videos is Fred’s former coach Joey Caceres.
“He’s amazing,” said Caceres. “I think he’s got better form than anyone I’ve seen. His lifts that he sends me are great. One of these days maybe I’ll go join him at the gym.”
Caceres has seen Fred blossom over the years, and as he says, it all began with high school football.
“We’d visit in the office and it would just make me feel so much better,” said Caceres. “I call him my little angel. I feel like he’s that for a lot of people now.”
At 25 years old, Fred continues to inspire. He’s a CHANNEL 5 Gridiron Hero now and forever more.