Mike Fox does his job well for Stratford Academy as a defensive tackle that wreaks havoc against GISA opponents on Friday nights.
"He's so much quicker and stronger," says his head coach Rodney Collins. "He's in that 6'2, 210 pound range, but he is very quick for a defensive tackle and were gonna try and take advantage of that quickness."
But as a student he succeeds as well, caring about his fellow Eagle family.
This off-season Fox slyly came up with a plan to help motivate his teammates while helping a worthy cause. It's called Touchdowns for Life to honor a Stratford family who lost their loved one to a battle with cancer.
Collins explains, "Its basically pledges based on the number of the touchdowns we score and it goes to a cancer fund in memory of Summer Neal."
Mike Fox interjects, "She died of cancer after a 10 year fight and I wanted to dedicate the first home game to her, but I went to Dayton University over the summer and met with their coach Ricky Chamberlin, and he told me about a program they have Touchdowns for Tots that supports Toys for Tots, so I thought why not do Touchdowns for Cancer."
"It's a very mature thing for anybody to do", says Collins, "but Mike has taken this over and rallied people around him."
In the classroom, Fox sports a 3.1 GPA and lists Math as his favorite subject. The 2 year letterman recognizes that grades are his priority.
Fox says, "Better grades I have, better chance I have to get into college and if you let your grades go, you can't play, and you're letting down the team."
So as the season starts for Coach Collins and his squad, Fox plans to lead his team to a successful year, and his coach offers sound advice.
"He's kind of leader that leads by example and not one of these rah-rah guys, and that's kind of what I prefer. He can pick up the ball and score with it, I'd contribute to that," says Collins.
"I always wanted to score. That's my dream", echoes Mike, "More touchdowns we score, the better we have a chance at winning and the more we support the American Cancer Society."