Player Spotlight- Tim Hauxwell

June 30, 2017

“For a tree to become tall it must grow tough roots among the rocks.”   Friedrich Nietzsch



Tim Hauxwell throws a block in a victory over Royal Oak Shrine



A Big Factor


Tim Hauxwell plays in the dirt.


As an offensive lineman, most of your life is spent in the trenches hidden away from the lights and spectacle of football.  Your visibility is muted, as people follow the ball, wherever it goes.  A mass of bodies in a pile that used to be in a line is all that most people remember of linemen. 


Unless you happen to be a 6’8” 260 lbs lineman standing in uniform and cleats at Cranbrook.  And you are nimble of foot, like Tim Hauxwell.


Tim is a 4-year varsity player for the Cranes and has grown into a solid left tackle.


“Tim has developed into a fine player for us”, said Cranes Head Coach Joe D’Angelo “He is very coachable and gives us tremendous advantages on our offensive line.”


 Tim Hauxwell was named a 2016 All-League player by the CHSL


The big offensive lineman has racked up a few honors over the years.  Tim was named a 2016 All-League player by the Catholic High School League.   He was also named to the 2016 Oakland All-County Honorable Mention Team by the Oakland Press.


Tim was named to the Class of 2018 Watch List by The D Zone, a publication dedicated to Michigan prep football.


To be sure, Tim also happens to be a fine basketball player.  In the last two seasons, Tim was the leading scorer for the Cranbrook basketball team as its starting center.  For the 2016-17 basketball season, Tim was named to the list of the Top 12 Best Big Men in the state of Michigan by MLive. 


“Tim is certainly a special athlete.  His athleticism has been a big factor in his rapid growth as a football player, “said Coach D’Angelo.



Rocks and Things 


Tim wants to be a geologist, or a geological engineer.  He has a rock collection that he has been collecting for years.


“My mother bought me a book called Rocks and Minerals by Chris Pellant as a kid, and I’ve been hooked ever since,” says Tim.


Tim is also an amateur numismatist.   He loves collecting coins. 


A good-natured fellow, he has a black and white long-haired cat named Bella that he loves.  


He really enjoys his friends and family.   He also enjoys his team mates. 


“I love how our inside jokes bring us together.  I like the closeness of our team and how it helps us play well together on the field.”


 Tim Hauxwell plays left tackle for the Cranes



Tim started playing football at the Oakview Middle School in Lake Orion.  For the Oakview “Acorns”, Tim played Left Tackle and Defensive Tackle. 


The Detroit Lions are his favorite NFL team   ”I love the home team,” says Tim. 


His favorite NFL player is rookie TE Jake Butt of the Denver Broncos.  A former Michigan Wolverine, Jake Butt is an “all around good natured guy, who is physical and versatile.” 


His favorite Cranbrook Football moment was when the Cranes scored their first running TD in their 30-0 Catholic League Championship victory.   “Jalen ran to my side of the field in the Prep Bowl and I threw a good block to get him in the open. When he scored I was really excited.”




Deep Roots

He credits his mom as his inspiration, as she pushes him to be a better person with his actions “every day.”


“She helps me to grow to see the things that I would never see.”


Tim believes that people can always improve their circumstances.  “It’s how you overcome adversity in life that defines you,” says Tim.   “Everyone makes mistakes, but not everyone gets better by learning from them.”


In the canopy of the great forests of the earth, there is great life in the upper branches- the places where animals make their nests and grow their children.  There is a world in the high places that most of us never see.


 Tim Hauxwell opens a whole in the Cranes victory over Clarkston Everest Collegiate


But those great trees are anchored in the earth, among the rocks and minerals.  Giving stability and sustenance to their growth, the deep roots in the earth are the secrets of the tall tree.


Tim Hauxwell is opening his mind to the higher place of this world, seeking the widening knowledge that comes with growth and lifelong learning.


But Tim is grounded deep in his family and friends, and in the valuable lessons found in overcoming the hard places in the world.


He is firmly planted in layers of sediments and sentiments, and they feed his continued growth.   


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