BRISTOL - Throughout the first seven games of the season for Bristol Central football, Dathan Hickey has performed on both sides of the field as a dual threat quarterback on offense and a standout defensive back on defense for the Rams.
Recently, his hard work on the field and in the classroom was spotlighted as Hickey verbally committed to the prestigious Yale University to pursue a degree while playing the game he loves.
The news broke via Hickey’s Twitter account, in which he thanked those who had an impact in both his life and the decision process.
“First off I’d like to thank God for the opportunity to play the game of football at such a high level.
“I’d like to thank my parents for all they went through with me since I was a little boy. I’d also like to thank my coaches, teachers, administrators, and everyone else who has helped me along the way. Lastly I’d like to thank all the schools that have took their time to recruit me for the last couple years.
“With that being said I am extremely blessed and proud to announce that for the next 4 years I will be furthering my education and athletic career at Yale University,” Hickey tweeted out on Oct. 25.
Hickey has run the ball 145 times this season for 759 yards and 15 touchdowns.
While his performance on the field has helped the Rams out to 4-3 record to begin the season, Hickey relishes his role as a leader.
“Most importantly, I will conduct myself with honor and respect on and off the field,” Hickey said in a personal statement to recruiting web site NCSA Sports prior to his decision. “Knowing that the way I carry myself reflects my team, my coaches and the school I attend.”
While nothing is official before national signing day, Hickey is on the right path to succeed both on the football field at the collegiate level and in the classroom taking courses at an Ivy League academic institution.
Dan Orencole can be reached at or On Twitter: @OrencoleDan