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Player Spotlight: Jackson Witt
Jackson's dad played at UNA from 1982-1986 and went on to play two years with the Buffalo Bills and later with the Atlanta Falcons.
Today in the stands, watching his boys, is where you will find the former Buffalo Bills Star. Jackson's mom stated, "This is our sport now."
Not only is their sport watching their two sons play while they are in the stands, but it is their love as well.
Jackson is making his mark as a football player and as a great young man.
Russellville High School
Class of 2011
Jersey: No. 45
Bench Press: 225
Power Clean: 225
What do you like most about football:
"I like it because it is challenging and rewarding when you get it right. It teaches you stuff that nothing else can. It is different than any other sport because it is so physical. It is hard, but it can be great too."
How does football prepare you for life:
"It teaches you how to deal with adversity and how to work with other folks. It teaches you how to work as a team."
How long have you been playing football:
"Since the sixth grade."
How do coaches influence players:
"They encourage you, they correct you when you do something wrong, and they influence you. They influence you to try and be better people not just better players. Several of my coaches are involved in the FCA here, and they are definitely influences."
How do you motivate yourself for games:
"I try to see myself doing my job right. I think about everybody I'm trying to play for and try not to let them down."
What would you say to a kid just starting out playing football:
"To stick with it because there are going to be days that seem like they are horrible, but they will get better the longer you play. Stick with it."
"A group of people or players working together to achieve something bigger than they could achieve by themselves."
"Accomplishing something out of a lot of hard work."
What is your greatest memory thus far in high school football:
"Going to the State Championship was really cool last year. Also, my first game ever was the spring game of my sixth grade year. I intercepted the ball and ran it back for a touchdown. It was just neat."
What do you want to accomplish before you graduate:
"I would like to keep getting better in football and keep my grades up."
A true champion is:
"Someone who is very good at what they do. Someone who isn't cocky, but humble, and someone who leads by example."
How important are grades:
"Very, because my parents said if grades drop, I am out of football. So I have to keep them up. Grades come first."
What do you do for fun:
"I love hanging out with my younger brother, Lucas, and my friend Nathan. We mountain bike, swim, and go out in the boat waterskiing and kayaking."
"My grandmother's bacon, egg and cheese biscuit."
"Into the Wild."
What is your greatest goal:
"To go to a good school, get a job I like and have a family I love."
How has your dad influenced your life:
"Dad has had a big influence on my football playing because of how he played. He is teaching me how to be a good man."
What is the greatest thing your mom ever taught you:
"She and dad both brought us up in church and taught us how to live a Christian lifestyle. Mom has taught us manners."
How you want to be remembered one day:
"As a Christian who did the right thing and loved those around me."
Have you faced much pressure because your dad played professional football:
How have you dealt with the pressure faced:
"My dad was a great player. He started all four years in college at UNA and ended up in the pros. He went two years with the Buffalo Bills in New York, and one year with the Atlanta Falcons. As for me, I just try to play as myself and not as him. Meaning, I try to play as good as I can be and focus on how I am playing rather than how good he was."
What are some life lessons your dad has taught you from playing football himself:
"He told me going into it that football would teach me things that no other sport could. He told me that it would challenge me like nothing else would. He also said that when I come out of it, I would learn a lot and be more prepared to deal with adversity."
How important is Character:
"Character is very important. Our coaches say, that and my dad stresses that as well. You try to rub off on others and not let them rub off on you. You try to influence others and help them to have good character and maintain your own good character instead of just going with the crowd."
Who has had the greatest influence on your life thus far:
What is something you feel that people are really missing out on in this world:
"I think America has slowly gotten away from God. Some people don't have the family life like others do. We are real big on doing things together as a family. My parents are big on keeping family close. We do a lot together."
Why is finishing important:
"No need to start if you are not going to finish something."
What might you miss out on if you don't finish:
"You work really hard for the end result, if you don't finish, you will not get the end result."
Shea Lowery is the Director of Quinn's Ranch Children's Home.
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