Anthony Hamilton grew up in Grand Terrace, Califormia, miles from Rochester in every way. He never played in a league with the Rhinos, yet the organization's sterling reputation helped draw the 24 yea rold East.
"Everybody said it's a great organization," Hamilton said. "Even from other teams that have played against them, they always talk about how this is a great atmosphere and a great stadium to come and play in."
Hamilton has never been away from Southern California until this year. To no one's surprise, the first thing he noticed about Rochester was the snow.
But with the Rhinos team full of younger, new guys, it's made the transition a little easier.
"We're with a lot of the teammmates a lot of the time. We always have those guys," Hamilton said. "So it makes it easier, but definitely call home and checking on things."
Hamilton was a literary journalism major at Cal-Irvine. He says the story of his life would be defined by his hometown.
"I was in a mostly Latino community and it was something that I just really enjoyed and grew on me, so just love for the game and the community as well," Hamilton said. "Which is something that really helps in defining my perspective."