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Step into the world of Ruben Hyppolite II, the heart and soul of the Maryland Terrapins. Discover a story that transcends the football field and find inspiration in every chapter. Get ready for an unforgettable journey through passion, resilience, and the pursuit of greatness.

Ruben Knows I Heart



I'm Ruben Hyppolite II, and I invite you to join me on a journey through my life, my challenges, and my triumphs as a student-athlete. My story is a testament to the human spirit's capacity to triumph over adversity and showcases what it means to be a Terp at the University of Maryland.

As you delve into my narrative, you'll come to understand the heart of the Terps. You'll see how one person can make a significant impact on a team, a community, and an entire generation of aspiring athletes. My journey is a story of unwavering dedication and the support that propels us toward greatness, both on and off the field.

I'm excited to share my experiences, my dreams, and my commitment to excellence with you. Together, we'll explore how my path as a student-athlete has shaped me and how it can inspire others to redefine their own boundaries.

So, come along, as we redefine what it means to be a Terp and discover the heart that beats at the center of it all—mine, Ruben Hyppolite II.


In the upcoming pages, you'll experience my life both on and off the field as Middle Linebacker for the University of Maryland. I'll take you through the exhilarating highs and daunting challenges of playing in the powerhouse Big 10 Conference, sharing standout moments and career highlights that have shaped me into the player I am today.

But my journey extends far beyond the football field. We'll explore my transformation from a reluctant young boy into the modern day prototype athlete I am today thanks to the unwavering support of my family, my faith and my own personal growth. You'll discover why I chose Maryland over other options and how that decision set in motion a wave of big recruits coming to UMD.

Leadership is an art, and I've embraced it fully, setting high expectations for myself and using my platform to inspire others. I'll delve into the importance of faith and self-belief, showing you how I've used negativity as fuel to keep moving forward. Young athletes, take note—there's valuable advice waiting for you here.

Beyond the gridiron, I have passions that fuel my drive. Chess, for instance, has taught me valuable life lessons, and journaling helps me maintain perspective. You'll get a glimpse into the diverse interests that shape me as an individual.

One thing I've learned is that football is what I do, not who I am. It's a balance I've mastered, preparing myself for life beyond the field while embracing the challenges that come my way. I believe in staying well-rounded because, as I like to say, if Plan A doesn't work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet.

My approach to academics and athletics revolves around routine and building positive habits. Everything is about consistency, and I'll explain how this perspective has been a driving force in my life.

As we conclude this journey, you'll see the impact I'm making, both on and off the field, and catch a glimpse of my vision for the future. My aspirations reach beyond football, and I hope my story inspires you to aim higher, push boundaries, and redefine your own limits. Together, we'll explore the heart of a Terp, my heart, Ruben Hyppolite II.

ruben knows I Heart

Heart of The Terps

Picture this: It's a crisp Saturday afternoon in Secu-Stadium, and the roar of passionate Terps fans fills the air. The University of Maryland football team is locked in a fierce battle, and amidst the chaos stands a figure who embodies determination, leadership, and raw talent. That figure is me, Ruben Hyppolite II, the Middle Linebacker for the Terrapins.

From the moment I step onto the field, it's clear that my role transcends mere statistics. I'm the anchor of the defense, the field general, and the player who sets the tone for the entire team. As a Middle Linebacker, my responsibilities extend far beyond tackles and sacks. I'm the quarterback of the defense, deciphering opponents' plays, making split-second decisions, and rallying my teammates with unwavering passion.

There have been standout moments and career highlights that I hold dear. One that stands out is our victory in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl against Virginia Tech. The atmosphere was electric, and I shone with a career-high 12 tackles, proving that I thrive in high-pressure situations. It's moments like these that define a player's legacy.

However, the journey hasn't been all sunshine and glory. Playing in a powerhouse league like the Big Ten comes with its unique set of challenges and immense pressure. Week in and week out, I face off against some of the most talented athletes in college football. The margin for error is razor-thin, and the weight of expectations can be suffocating. But it's precisely this pressure that molds diamonds, and I've embraced it as a chance to shine.

On the field, I've discovered that the game of football isn't just about physical prowess; it's a mental chess match. It's about reading plays, anticipating the opponent's moves, and outsmarting them. The ability to communicate effectively with my teammates, make quick decisions, and adapt to changing circumstances is what separates an average player from a great one.

In the end, being the Middle Linebacker for the Maryland Terrapins is more than a position; it's a calling. It's about being the embodiment of resilience, leadership, and relentless pursuit of excellence. Every tackle, every snap, and every game is an opportunity to leave my mark on the legacy of Maryland football. And with each moment I spend on the field, I strive to inspire not just my teammates but every young athlete with a dream.

In the Trenches

Growing up in the sun-soaked streets of Broward County, Florida, I was anything but the typical football prodigy. In fact, my journey to becoming a football star was characterized by early reluctance and a reluctance to embrace the game. My dad, a die-hard football enthusiast, had a vision for my future, one that revolved around pigskin and touchdowns. He nudged, cajoled, and eventually convinced me to give football a try.

Back then, the gridiron seemed like an alien world, and I was a fish out of water. I was a pretty boy at heart, someone who cringed at the thought of getting dirty. But life has a funny way of challenging our notions and pushing us out of our comfort zones. It was in the sixth grade that I made a decision that would alter the course of my life forever. I decided to lock in, to embrace the game that my dad had insisted I play. From that point on, there was no looking back.

One of the driving forces behind my transformation into a football star was my family, particularly my mom, Laquinta "Nikki" Hyppolite. We matured together, navigating the rough waters of high school and life itself. She became my biggest supporter, the wind beneath my wings. She taught me invaluable lessons about perseverance, hard work, and the importance of chasing dreams, no matter how audacious they may seem.

As I honed my skills on the football field, I faced a crucial decision point: where would I continue my journey in the world of college football? The recruiting process was a whirlwind, with top-tier programs vying for my commitment. Penn State, Michigan, LSU, West Virginia, Auburn—they were all vying for my signature. The allure of these schools was undeniable, but my heart was set on something different. I chose the University of Maryland.

This decision was deeply personal. I felt a profound connection with Maryland, not just as a football program but as a place that held the promise of something greater. It was here that I believed I could not only thrive on the field but also make a significant impact off it. My choice was about more than football; it was about embracing a vision of holistic growth, both as an athlete and as an individual.

Maryland wasn't just a destination; it was the beginning of a new chapter. It was a place where I could pioneer a wave of big recruits coming to the university, setting the bar high and raising expectations for our team. It was about taking on the mantle of leadership and using my platform to inspire others. Maryland wasn't just my school; it was my canvas, and I was determined to paint a masterpiece.

In the grand tapestry of life, our choices define who we become. Choosing Maryland wasn't just about football—it was about embracing a legacy in the making, an opportunity to build something exceptional, and a chance to inspire others to chase their dreams relentlessly. In that decision, I found my purpose, and it became the driving force behind my journey.

Broward County Bred

Stepping onto the grounds of the University of Maryland as a football player wasn't just about joining a team; it was about pioneering a renaissance. When I committed to Maryland, I became part of a movement, a wave of big recruits who shared a vision of revitalizing the football program.

It wasn't just about playing football; it was about believing in a vision larger than ourselves. The art of leadership, I soon realized, wasn't just about talking at someone; it was about talking to someone, connecting on a deep level, and forging a bond that extended beyond the field. To be a great leader, I learned, you had to be a great follower first. I follow Christ and the values that guide my life, setting an example for others to follow. It wasn't about being the loudest voice in the room; it was about being the voice that people looked up to.

I wanted the expectations to be high because high expectations kept me sharp. I knew that I had a role to play, not just as a player on the field but as someone who could inspire others to push their limits. My platform as a college athlete was a powerful tool, and I intended to use it to its fullest potential.

People often remember you not for your stats or your accolades but for how you make them feel. I kept that in mind every time I stepped onto the field or interacted with fans. I wanted to inspire, uplift, and motivate, not just with my performance but with my character and the values I upheld.

Being part of the Maryland football program during this pivotal time was an honor. It was a privilege to lead the charge, to set an example for the next generation of Terps, and to be part of a movement that would be remembered in the annals of Maryland football history. It was about using my platform to inspire others, not just to be better athletes, but to be better individuals.

Leadership, I discovered, was an art form, and like any art form, it required dedication, passion, and a commitment to constant improvement. I aimed to lead by example, showing my teammates and peers that greatness was attainable with the right mindset and work ethic.

My journey at Maryland wasn't just about the games we won or the tackles I made; it was about inspiring a culture of excellence. It was about showing that leadership wasn't about titles or positions; it was about influence and the impact we could have on those around us.

In the end, it wasn't just about football; it was about forging connections, setting high expectations, and inspiring others to chase their own dreams relentlessly. And in doing so, I found that leadership was not just about leading a team on the field; it was about leading a movement that would transcend the game itself.

Leading the Terps Renaissance

In the world of sports, they often talk about "finding your why." It's that deep, intrinsic motivation that pushes you to excel, even when the odds are stacked against you. For me, it goes beyond the field; it's rooted in faith and self-belief.

Faith has been my anchor through the storms of life. Knowing who I am and, more importantly, whose I am, has made me feel untouchable. I firmly believe that with faith, nothing can stand in your way. My mother instilled this in me from a young age, reminding me that as a child of God, I was capable of achieving the impossible.

But it's not just about having faith; it's about having the courage to keep that faith, even in the face of adversity. Throughout my journey, I've faced my fair share of negativity, doubt, and skepticism. People have questioned my abilities and my choices, but I've learned to use that negativity as fuel.

Every negative comment, every doubter, every obstacle – they all became stepping stones on my path to success. I learned that adversity wasn't something to be feared; it was an opportunity to grow and prove the naysayers wrong.

My advice to young athletes is simple: put the phone down. In a world consumed by digital distractions, it's easy to lose sight of what truly matters. Experience life, embrace the challenges, and relish the moments that define your journey. The real essence of sports and life is not captured through a screen but by immersing yourself fully in the present.

I also urge young athletes to remember that success is not just about stats and achievements; it's about the impact you have on others. People will remember you not for your records but for how you made them feel. Be a source of inspiration, a role model, and a beacon of positivity. Your actions, on and off the field, can shape the lives of those around you.

In the end, finding your 'why' is about understanding your purpose, having unwavering faith, using negativity as a stepping stone, and leaving a legacy of inspiration for future generations. It's not just about chasing success; it's about becoming the best version of yourself and helping others do the same.

Knowing Whose you are

While football has been a central part of my life, there's more to me than the game. I believe in the power of being well-rounded, in exploring interests beyond the gridiron. It's all about balance, and for me, that means delving into various facets of life.

One of my favorite pastimes is playing chess. It's more than just a board game; it's a reflection of life itself. In chess, every move has consequences, and one wrong decision can change the course of the game. It's a constant challenge, and I love challenges.

The parallels between chess and life are uncanny. Just as in the game, our choices in life can have far-reaching effects. We have to think strategically, plan our moves, and be ready to adapt when things don't go as planned. Chess expands my thinking and keeps my mind sharp, much like football keeps my body sharp.

Another habit I've embraced is journaling. I write about anything and everything. It's a way to capture my thoughts, feelings, and experiences. Journaling helps me maintain perspective and reminds me of the journey I've been on. When you're caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to lose sight of where you've come from and where you're headed. Journaling is my way of staying grounded.

Maintaining perspective is crucial, both on and off the field. It's about understanding that football is what I do; it's not who I am. I could hang up my cleats tomorrow and be just fine. That's because I've focused on personal development and becoming a well-rounded individual.

I'm preparing for life beyond the field, and that means embracing challenges and staying adaptable. Life is unpredictable, and the ability to pivot and thrive in any situation is a valuable skill. As I often say, "If Plan A doesn't work, there are 25 more letters in the alphabet."

In the end, life is about balance and perspective. It's about embracing challenges, staying sharp, and never losing sight of who you are. Football may be a significant part of my journey, but it's not the only part. I'm more than a linebacker; I'm a thinker, a strategist, and a lifelong learner.

outside the lines

Football is a tremendous part of my life, but it doesn't define my entire existence. It's what I do, not who I am. This mindset has been my compass throughout my journey as a student-athlete.

Balancing football and personal development is crucial. While I pour my heart and soul into the game, I also invest time in myself outside of it. It's about finding harmony between pursuing my passion on the field and nurturing personal growth off of it.

Preparing for life beyond the football field has always been on my radar. The game has an expiration date, but personal growth does not. I want to be well-equipped for whatever life throws my way, whether that's a career in sports, business, or anything else that excites me.

Embracing challenges is something I've learned to do on and off the field. Challenges are like weights in the gym; they make you stronger. They teach you to adapt, innovate, and persevere. The football field is my training ground for facing adversity head-on, and I take those lessons with me into every aspect of life.

Staying well-rounded is a constant goal. I want to be able to do anything and everything, to have the skills and knowledge to excel in various areas. Life is about exploration, about pushing boundaries, and about embracing new challenges with open arms.

So, while football may be a significant part of my identity, it's just one facet of who I am. I could hang up my cleats tomorrow, and I'd still be Ruben Hyppolite II, a young man ready to take on the world, on and off the field. Football is my passion, but it's not the sum of my existence.

The Power of Routine and Consistency

Success in both academics and athletics requires a certain level of discipline, and I've found that in the power of routine and consistency.

In the classroom, I approach academics with the same intensity and focus I bring to the football field. There's no room for half-measures. Just as I meticulously study game film to understand our opponents, I dive into my coursework to grasp the material thoroughly. It's about developing a playbook for success, a strategy that ensures I'm always at the top of my game academically.

Routine plays a pivotal role in my life. It keeps me grounded and on track. Just like a football practice schedule, having a daily routine sets expectations and promotes discipline. It's about building positive habits that become second nature. From waking up at the same time each day to sticking to a study schedule, these routines create the structure I need to excel in both my athletic and academic pursuits.

But it's not just about going through the motions. It's the consistency that truly matters. In football, consistency is the difference between a good play and a game-changing play. In academics, it's the distinction between a passing grade and excellence. I've come to understand that everything, from achieving success on the field to making strides in the classroom, hinges on consistency.

Consistency isn't just a habit; it's a way of life. It's the relentless pursuit of improvement, the commitment to showing up and giving it your all, day in and day out. It's understanding that greatness isn't achieved overnight but through the relentless pursuit of progress.

So, whether I'm on the field or in the classroom, I approach each day with the same unwavering dedication to routine and consistency. It's a philosophy that's taken me from reluctant athlete to football star, from a promising student to an academic force. And it's a philosophy I'll carry with me long after my days on the football field are over.

Football is what i do

As I stand back and reflect on the incredible journey of my life so far, I can't help but feel humbled by the twists and turns that have brought me here. My path, from Broward County to Maryland, has been one filled with challenges, triumphs, and countless moments of growth.

Looking back, it's hard to believe that there was a time when I hesitated to step onto the football field. The sport that now defines a significant part of my life was once something I resisted. However, it was in overcoming this initial reluctance that I discovered my true calling and potential.

My family has played an integral role in shaping the person I've become today. They've been my rock, my support system, and the driving force behind my journey. Their unwavering belief in me has been a constant source of motivation, and I owe much of my success to their guidance.

When it came time to choose a college, I had offers from several prestigious institutions, each with its allure. But deep down, my heart told me that Maryland was where I needed to be. It was a decision based on more than just football; it was a choice driven by a desire to be a part of something bigger than myself.

Once at Maryland, I had the opportunity to be a part of a wave of big recruits that would go on to redefine the future of our football program. It was a turning point for the team, and being a leader in this transformation has been one of the proudest moments of my career. Setting high expectations and using my platform to inspire others has become a personal mission—one that I take just as seriously as my performance on the field.

My faith has been a guiding light throughout this journey. Believing in myself and overcoming negativity have been vital in reaching this point. My advice to young athletes is simple: put the phone down, experience life, and remember that people will remember you for how you make them feel, not your stats.

Beyond football, I have various interests that help me unwind and expand my horizons. Chess, for instance, is a game I love for its parallels with life—making a wrong move can have consequences, and it's a constant challenge that I relish. I'm also an avid journalist finding solace and perspective in the act of writing.

For me, football is what I do; it's not who I am. While I strive for success on the field, I'm equally focused on preparing for life beyond football. Embracing challenges and staying well-rounded are values I hold dear, knowing that there's more to me than what happens on the gridiron.

The power of routine and consistency has been instrumental in my journey. In both academics and athletics, I've learned that consistency is the key to success. It's about building positive habits and maintaining perspective, understanding that everything worthwhile takes time and dedication.

As I look to the future, my vision extends far beyond the field. I see a path where I continue to inspire, motivate, and uplift others. Football has given me a platform, and I intend to use it to make a positive impact on the lives of those around me.

In closing, my journey from Broward County to Maryland has taught me that the game of football is just the beginning. It's the stories, the journeys, and the indomitable spirit of athletes like me that truly make college sports remarkable. My story isn't just a chapter in the book of Maryland football; it's a testament to the incredible potential that lies within each student-athlete, waiting to be unleashed on the world.

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