Paul Federinko

All-Metro offensive lineman Paul Federinko, of Atholton, was surprised to hear he had been named to the first Military.com All-DoD Football Team. (Steve Ruark, Baltimore Sun / September 10, 2010)

Atholton All-Metro offensive lineman Paul Federinko has been named to the first Military.com All-DoD Football Team.

For his first two years of high school, Federinko, whose mother is an Air Force doctor, played in England. He started for Lakenheath High School, a Department of Defense school on the Royal Air Force base where his mother was stationed. The family moved back to the United States two years ago and Federinko, 6-foot-5, 310 pounds, has started for the Raiders ever since.

He said he was surprised at the honor.

“It means a lot. It kind of helps to see how far I’ve gone from Lakenheath to Atholton,” he said. "It’s a great honor to be a part of it. How many people can say they’ve been part of a DoD world team? It’s a pretty unique honor.”


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Federinko said it likely means even more to the many DoD team members who still play abroad, because they don’t have the chance to earn other recognition such as All-Metro. Coming back to the United States also helped him on his way to drawing Division I attention en route to a commitment to Lafayette during a visit over the weekend.

“They can’t get these kinds of honors over there, because football is a lot smaller and you don’t get as much exposure,” Federinko said. “It’s just a completely different level of football.”

Many of the players at Lakenheath and its opponents had never played football before and Federinko said the games, anywhere between England and Germany, drew about 140 fans including the JV team.

At Atholton, Federinko fit in quickly and started drawing college attention. He narrowed his list to four, including Bucknell, Marist and Monmouth but liked Lafayette the best. He liked the coach and said the blocking schemes are almost the same as Atholton’s.

“Just the people, the facilities, the academic program are all great,” he said. “When I was getting ready to leave (Sunday) I just knew that was the place I wanted to be.”