Athlete Showcase: Buchanan’s Jacob Graham

Published 8:05 am Friday, November 13, 2015

Jacob Graham is a junior on the Buchanan football team.

What has been one of your greatest accomplishments as an athlete?

JG: One of my greatest accomplishments as an athlete would have to be beating Berrien Springs in the district title game and earning the title as district champions

What has been one of your biggest disappointments as an athlete?

JG: One of my biggest disappointments would have to be losing in a playoff round for golf last season. I lost to Ty Lowrance by one stroke on the first playoff hole, but I wouldn’t want to lose to anybody else.

What has been a hardship in your life?

JG: A hardship in my life would be me being told that I cannot do something.

Who is a “hero” in your life and why?

JG: My dad is my biggest hero by far. I look up to my dad and he has always been there for me whenever I need him.

When are you the most nervous while you are competing?

JG: The most nervous I get while I am competing would have to be the day before and the morning before.

Describe an embarrassing athletic moment.

JG: Well one time I was practicing my drive on the driving range at Orchard Hills and I had a bad swing and lost grip of my iron. My iron got stuck in a tree so I then had to climb that tree to retrieve my club.

How do you tend to workout/train when by yourself?

JG: Most of the time I workout or go for a run. Just anything to keep my body conditioned.

What other sport would you like to compete in if you were not playing yours?

JG: I would enjoy playing tennis if I did not play football. I always enjoyed playing tennis in my free time.

Who would you say is your “biggest fan?” Why?

JG: My biggest fan would have to be my mom. She’s always yelling and screaming and cheering on my team even though most of the time she doesn’t even know what’s going on.

How would you give away $50,000?

JG: I would donate the money to inner city children who don’t have the opportunity to play sports. We are more privileged than we think we are, and I think everybody should have the opportunity to play sports

If you could be the head coach of a team for a year, what team would you choose?

JG: I’d be the head coach of the Buchanan football team. I feel like it would be a good time coaching the children and teaching them how to be better at the game

If I did not play sports, I would…?

JG: I would most likely work out a lot more.

What is the most challenging thing for you to do in your sport?

JG: I think the most challenging thing for me to do in football is to be ready for anything to happen. We work so hard in practice during the week that we get into a routine and then we miss things sometimes.

If you could change one rule about your sport, what would it be?

JG: I would change the rule that says you cannot return a missed field goal if the ball is caught inside of the end zone.

What is the best compliment you have ever received?

JG: I think the best compliment that I have ever received would have to be last year when we were walking to the bus after the Cassopolis game and having a group of seniors that I had never met look at me and say “You’re actually really good.” This has stuck with me since then. This showed me that what I’m doing is not going unnoticed.

What was the scariest thing you have had to do? Are you glad you did it?

JG: The scariest thing I have had to do was to start playing football. I was extremely scared to go up against all of these massive people back when I was younger, but now I am really happy that I did.

What was the last thing you saw someone do that really impressed you?

JG: The last extremely impressive thing I’ve seen would be a 94 yard pick-six made by my own team member Dalton Riddle.

What is your favorite hobby? Why?

JG: My favorite hobby would have to be playing videogames in my free time.

Choose one word to describe yourself:

JG: Brave.