High School sports are normally the first taste an athlete gets in true competition. It is also one of the first times in an athlete's life where they get to showcase their talents and skills to scouts, in an attempt to make their hard work be noticed for a greater future. Of course there are the exceptions with child prodigies, but usually High School is when the Athlete really begins to hone in on their skills and combine that with the maturation of their body. In this edition of the #ForTheLoveOfSport, I feature Jon Powell, one of University High School's premier athletes. I've known Jon for a couple years now, and it gives me great joy to share his story. Here is Jon Powell and his fruition. *Check out Jon Powell's Senior Highlight tape located at the bottom of this post.*
*All photos in this post were taken by Stephen Little | Flickr: Littlepix2*
#2 OLB Jon Powell, University High School | IG: @Thatdude82
6'0 | 195 lbs | 4.62sec 40m | 275lbs Bench | 275lbs Clean | 500lbs Squat |
Senior | 4.77 GPA | 30 ACT | 1420 SAT
NOTE: Jon Powell began playing varsity football in his sophomore year of High School and also participated in the University High School Wrestling team. Which would eventually pay dividends to Jon's athleticism.
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A: How long have you played football and when did you know/realize it was your favorite sport?
J: I started playing tackle football in the first grade at 5 years old. I knew long before then that it was my favorite sport; I asked to start playing the year before but my parents would not let me because I was too young.
A: What aspirations do you have as a football player?
J: I aspire be a leader for a college football team both on and off the field. I want my contribution to the team to be one that betters all of us as football players and as people.
A: If you could give advice to the up and coming football players for your school what would it be?
J: The last thing I shared to the team was to ‘do more than what’s expected until you’re expected to do more.’ For an individual that means to work beyond the expectations set by your coaches, teachers and parents. As you continue to do this your expectations are raised and you begin to establish a positive reputation amongst those of authority, such as coaches. You set the bar so much higher than that of the average person that you earn respect and favor from them. You place yourself in a position in which coaches trust you because they know you will excel in anything they ask. For the team it means to no longer accept being at or below average, to prove doubters wrong and to continually get stronger as a team until you’re unstoppable.
A: Who/what inspires you to do what you do and succeed? Why?
J: My faith in God inspires me to do what I do. I know that I’m not using my athletic talents for just football but for something much bigger than that. My character is a product of my relationship with Jesus and my success on and off the field is derived from that.
A: What’s your favorite football team and who’s your favorite football player? Why?
J: My favorite NFL team is the Colts, my grandfather lived there and Lucas Oil was the first NFL stadium I had been in. As for college, my Dad is a FAMU fan, my Mom a Georgia fan, my sister a FSU fan and my brother a Miami fan, so it's only right for me to be a Gator fan.
A: What’s your favorite memory about playing football?
One of my favorite memories of playing football was from our last game against Lake Nona. We were Projected to lose by 50 [that game] and [We found ourselves] down 21-0 at the half, we fought back and won 29-28. The excitement and joy that came with that brought many of us to tears, it’s a moment I will never forget.
A: Do you have an idea about where you want to go to college? Have you had any offers to play at the next level?
I currently do not have any offers but I want to go somewhere where I can best prepare for a career as an engineer.
A: What will you miss most about UHS Football?
I’ll miss all the positive relationships I got to develop with everyone in the program. There were so many laughs and tears shed throughout my four years.
*Check out Jon Powell's Senior Highlight tape located at the bottom of this post.*
Check out Jon Powell's Senior Highlight tape below! To view more details (football profile) on Jon Powell Click Here.