Interview with Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Karen Stauffer Photography Illinois
The Nomination: Jackson's passion for football started in 2nd grade & has continued through his senior year. He has worked so hard and has dedicated many years on and off the field to be 100% ready to win the game. Jackson is hoping to play college football and study graphic design. Another thing that is close to Jackson's heart is making others aware that bullying is not ok and especially with those who have special needs. I really admire his gentle spirit.
How did you become interested in playing football? I became interested in football when I was six years old. I started watching the Chicago Bears with my dad & I found the sport so intriguing because of how action packed it is & you never know what might happen from play to play. I know you've been playing football for many years, so what kinds of people have you met along the way? During the duration of my football career I've met so many great friends & coaches. So many people I have met from football have influenced me throughout the years & made me who I am today.
What are some of the things you do in the off season to help you be more prepared for the upcoming year? In the off season it is very important to stay in shape & improve for the next season. I do this by working out as much as I can with my team & eating the right kinds of food.
If you encountered a child who wants to have a career like yours including football, what is one piece of advice you would give them? I would tell them to never give up on their dreams & work hard to achieve them. I would also tell them to play every football game as if it were their last.
When you’re not playing football or working on school work, what do you like to do in your free time? In my free time I like to do outdoor activities such as playing sports with my friends or go fishing. I also like to draw & play with my two dogs, Zoey & Frankie