I really hope that the third time was a charm. Last Friday was the third time in three years that I have watched Maple Height’s wide receiver Javonte Richardson play varsity football.
His sophomore year he played some quarterback, wide receiver, and some defensive end. Guessin 6’4-190, but really athletic. His body had not caught up to him yet. Neither had a positive work ethic. But, you could see that he all of the potential to be a scholarship football player.
As football player his sophomore year, he played okay, but I questioned at the time, just how much – okay.
That spring I talked with him at the Nordonia Track Invitational. He was running 3rd leg of the 4X200. Not super fast, but he was ran hard and competed. Of course, I gave him the “stay focused, work hard, keep your head on straight, and you will be a scholarship football player” speech. Last summer, he said that he remembered that talk.
Javonte had terrible back spasms last year and did not play in the game that I attended. Needless to say, I felt bad for him, because he was hurtin and could not play. Continue ReadingRead More »