Eric Boudrow knows that a starting role on a team is earned, not given. The Sandwich High School seniors learned that lesson firsthand.
As a sophomore, Boudrow was the starting center for the Blue Knights’ offense when an illness took him out of football, and even school, for what he described as a good amount of time. The extended absence of the team’s starting center forced the Sandwich coaching staff to make a change and fill the void left by Boudrow.
By the time his junior season came around, Boudrow had to fight to win his spot back, knowing it wasn’t going to be handed to him.
“Losing my starting spot made me realize how you don’t own anything on the football field,” he said. “You have to work hard and keep improving to keep your starting position.”
And he did just that, picking up an Atlantic Coast League Sportsmanship Award last year. As a senior, Boudrow is not only the starting center on offense and a starting defensive lineman on defense, but also earned the title of team captain in 2019.
That sort of dedication is not just on display in the fall. He is a three-sport athlete, playing lacrosse for the reigning Division 2 South Sectional champion Knights in the spring and swimming for the boys’ team in the winter.
Athletics has always been a big part of his life growing up, a gift passed down by his older brothers. Boudrow has played football for eight seasons, dating back to the 2nd grade with the Sandwich Bulldogs Pop Warner team. He started playing lacrosse for Sandwich Youth Lacrosse in the 7th grade and Team Cape Cod at the club level before joining up with the high school roster.
His competitive swim career is just beginning, as he joined the Sandwich team last season as a junior, although Boudrow said he works as a lifeguard for Quissett Beach Association in Falmouth during the summer months.
When he’s not taking part with the school’s Young Republicans Club, the senior enjoys fishing, boating, going to the beach, and snowboarding in the winter.
What do you love about football? What drew you to the sport, and what made you stick with it?
I have always loved football for many reasons. Growing up, all of my older brothers always played football, and being around the game at a young age made me want to play. As I got older I grew to love the team atmosphere that football builds. Also I loved the fact that football is truly the ultimate team sport because you need all 11 guys on the field to be doing their jobs in order for the play to be successful.
What is your favorite pregame warmup music?
I like to listen to “’Til I Collapse” by Eminem, “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash, and “Thunderstruck” by AC/DC before games to get me pumped up.
If you could be one fictional character, who would you be?
I would say Jack Ryan from the TV series “Jack Ryan.” This is because he is always able to figure out any situation and what the proper action is. He is also a CIA agent and is extremely well-educated in the financial world, making him able to manage money very well, while also being a secret agent.
Who is on your Mount Rushmore of role models?
My father, Joe Boudrow, Marcus Luttrel, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Joe Thuney would be on my Mount Rushmore of role models. This is a group of four very different men but each have their own reason to be looked up to. My father has always been such a great role model for my brothers and I. Marcus Luttrell is a true American hero who has sacrificed so much for our country and now shares his story to help inspire Americans. Eisenhower was one of the great leaders of World War II and helped lead the greatest team this country has ever assembled. Joe Thuney is an offensive lineman I look up to because he is never in the spotlight but he always does his job.
Do you have any plans after graduation?
I hope to attend Massachusetts Maritime Academy to study marine engineering. I hope to play club rugby during college.
What is your favorite school subject?
I have always liked math for all the time I have been in school. This is because you can almost always find an answer, and you also use math in so much of what you do in your everyday life.
What is your greatest high school moment, either athletically or academically?
For me this is a really tough one. It is between two moments that are great for different reasons. It is this year’s football game against Martha’s Vineyard when we came back in the second half and won our first league game in at least the last four years. And last lacrosse season when we won the Division 2 South Sectional final, a first in school history.
Which three people would you invite to a dinner party? What would you serve?
I would probably invite Bill Belichick, Marcus Luttrell, and Mike Rowe. I would probably serve steaks and lobster.
You’re stranded on a deserted island with only a backpack of your most prized possessions. What’s in your backpack?
In my backpack I would have to say I would have my Leatherman multi-tool, my fishing rod, a copy of “Talladega Nights,” and a notebook and a pencil. My Leatherman and fishing rod are both practical as well as can be used for entertainment. I have never been bored when I was fishing, so I cannot think of a better way to pass the time. “Talladega Nights” is one of the few movies that is still just as funny as the first time I watched it. And a notebook and a pencil are always useful as well as can be used to entertain myself by writing observations.
Which professional athlete do you most relate to?
I think I relate to the New England Patriots center David Andrews in that I had to earn my spot on the team. We both had to come in and fight for a starting position on the team. I also, like him, tend to try to just do my job on the field and win my individual battles on the field.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
I would like to thank my parents, Joe and Carol Boudrow, for always being my biggest supporters both on and off the field. As well as my brothers Phil, Zach, and Joey, for always helping me improve in all of the sports I have played over the years. I would like to also thank all of my coaches I have had, especially Coach Matt MacLean, Bill Hafferty, and Peter Bengtson, who have helped me become the football player I am today, more than anyone else.