NOTE: Football is sport where the majority of fans may know the names and numbers of the players but seldom see their faces and get to know them unless they are a close friend or family member. In an effort to introduce the members of the 2023 JHHS football team, Clay Williams, presents a question and answer interview series with Tiger players. Today – Zaelyn Thompson
Meet The Tigers
What’s your name, grade, number, and position?
Zaelyn Thompson, 12 th Grade, #54, DE
What are your hobbies outside of football?
I like playing video games, listening to music, playing basketball, and really just interacting with people in any way.
What is your favorite video game?
I have two favorites, Red Dead Redemption 2 and Spider-Man.
What is your favorite subject in school?
English, because I like to be able to explain my thoughts in my own way.
What is your best memory from playing football so far?
My favorite memories are the times we spend together after games as a team. I feel that we bond and become a better team by hanging out, talking, and listening to music with one another.
Who would you say is your biggest motivation in life?
First off, the obvious one to me is God. The other two would be my mom and my grandfather. They both taught me a lot in their own ways growing up, and I want to succeed for them.
How do you want to grow throughout your senior season?
I want to try to earn my spot on the field, because last year I didn’t provide enough to the team to do so.
Are there any college or NFL players that you take inspiration from?
Micah Parsons from the Dallas Cowboys, because of his edge rush moves, and how quick he plays.
Do you have a favorite quote from one of your coaches?
Coach Hicks always says, “If you’re scared, go to church.”
What are your plans after graduation?
I really want to focus on my academics. I plan on attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and major in computer science with a minor in business. I love technology, and I want to make that a big part of my future.
Lastly, what are your goals this season for yourself, and the team?
For the team, I’d say a goal is for us keep our discipline at 100%, so we can play at our best. We perform best when together as one. For myself, I just want give it all I’ve got for the team during my last season.
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