When asked if he would like to be featured in this week’s Outside The Lines, Patrick Whearty jumped at the opportunity. The unassuming two-way player for the Sandwich High School football team then asked, “You’re sure you want me? We have a couple of other Patricks on the team.”
Yes, the Enterprise wanted this Patrick to be the one on the page this week because he is the type of student-athlete that every coach loves to have on his team. Whearty puts the team ahead of himself, works hard and makes plays when they are there.
The senior is the oldest of Colleen Whearty’s three children. He has a younger brother, Brandon, and a younger sister, Cailyn.
Patrick said that his football is his most-prized possession. His favorite subject in school is history. He has a part-time job at Bobby Byrne’s restaurant in Sandwich. “Superbad” is his favorite movie, and NBA Youngboy is his favorite musical act. His go-to meal is steak and rice, with an orange soda.
How did you get involved with football? How much do you enjoy it? What was your role on the team?
I got involved in football when I was in the 2nd grade. I enjoy football a lot because it is a very aggressive sport and I love the team aspect of the game. My role on the team was to catch balls and score touchdowns.
Describe your feeling when you found out that you were going to have a senior season this year after the spring sports were canceled.
I was very happy when I found out that I was going to have a season. I honestly did not think that we were going to have a season, so I felt very blessed that I was going to be able to suit up with all my brothers for my last year of high school football.
The season has gotten off to a very good start for Sandwich, with the team winning its first two games. What is different this year that has allowed the team to have some more success. How much better has it been playing as a team?
The difference from this year, compared to previous years, is the good attitudes of the guys and all the work that everyone has put in during this long off-season. Everyone showed up the first day of practice ready to go, and everyone was determined to have a good season. It has been very fun playing on this team. It has been a while since we got off to a start like this, so it feels very good to win some games.
You play both receiver and defensive back for the Knights. Do you think you’re better at one than the other? Do you prefer one over the other. Is it more fun to make a big play on offense or defense?
I would have to say that I am better at receiver because I have always been more of an offensive player. I have always liked playing offense more than defense because I like blocking and catching passes. In my opinion it is a lot more fun to make a big play on offense instead of defense because I would rather make a nice catch than make a tackle.
What do you think a scouting report would say about you?
A long and lengthy receiver who has good hands and a guy who puts the team before himself.
If you could re-play one game, what game would it be and why?
If I could re-play one game, it would be the game that we played against Pembroke my junior season. We ended up losing that game by a touchdown in triple overtime. It was a very tough loss because we played a very good game but just fell short right at the end.
What do you consider the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career so far was the game against Martha’s Vineyard my junior year. Going into halftime we were down, 14-0. We ended up coming back and won the game, 28-26. I had a 60-yard touchdown to tie the game up, 14-14.
Who is the best teammate that you’ve played with? What makes that person stand out?
The best teammate that I have played with is my wide receivers’ coach and former teammate Charlie Chapman. He taught me a lot about the position and was a very good leader for our team my freshman and sophomore years.
Do you have any sports superstitions? If so what are they?
I do not have any sports-related superstitions. I do not believe in superstitions.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned about playing sports?
The most important thing that sports have taught me is discipline. If it was not for sports, I feel like I would not be the person that I am.
You have done some charity work in the past. How did you get involved and what made you start?
Coach Maclean has always preached on giving back to the school and the community. He would have the team go to different local fundraisers and charities such as the DeConto Road Race and ALS fundraisers to show that the team cares about people who are not as fortunate as us.
Was there anything that you have accomplished or worked on during quarantine that you were proud of?
I think that over quarantine I got stronger and became an all-around better football player. I put a lot more work into the sport of football over quarantine, more than I ever have.
Is there anyone that you would like to thank?
I would like to thank my mother and all of my family members who have supported me throughout all of the years of football. I would also like to thank Coach Maclean for making me a better football player throughout my high school years.
What’s the most interesting place that you have ever visited. Is there somewhere in the world that you have dreamed of going?
The most interesting place that I visited was the Baseball Hall of Fame. If I could go anywhere in the world, it would be Turks and Caicos because it is very warm and the ocean is beautiful. It is all and all just an amazing place.
What is the biggest difference between you as a senior and as a freshman? If you could go back what advice would you give to yourself?
As a freshman I was very immature and feel like over my high school years I have started to grow up a little bit. If I was going to give my freshman self any advice, it would be to enjoy your time in high school because it goes by very fast.
What is something that people would be surprised to learn?
I like going on runs and I am very good at playing 2k. I haven’t lost in years.
If you could switch places with someone for a week, who would it be and why.
I would switch places with Julian Edelman because he is my favorite football player. I would also like to see what a week in the NFL is really like.
Describe your idea of a perfect day.
Waking up and going out to breakfast. Then either go to the beach or go to the field to play football with my friends.
What are your post high school plans?
I will be attending Curry College and will be playing football there as well. I will be majoring in criminal justice.
What would you like to be doing in 10 years?
In 10 years I will have a good job with a steady income and a big house. I can see myself living near Boston.