Player of the Week: Greenwood's Jabe Burgess

By: Richard Davenport
Published: Friday, November 23, 2012
Greenwood quarterback Jabe Burgess looks to pass during Friday night’s game against Little Rock Parkview at War Eagle Field in Little Rock.
Photo by JIMMY JONES
Greenwood quarterback Jabe Burgess looks to pass during Friday night’s game against Little Rock Parkview at War Eagle Field in Little Rock.

Name: Jabe Alan Burgess

School: Greenwood High School

Height: 6'3"

Weight: 203 pounds

Position: Quarterback, Punter

Class: 2014

Bench max: 205

Squat max: 315

40-yard dash: 4.85

Vertical: Haven't Tested

Number of years playing football: 10 years

Schools that have offered: None

Other schools showing interest: Nebraska, Illinois, Purdue, Tulsa, Arkansas State and Arkansas

I like Arkansas because: It's close to my hometown and the facilities are great.

Schools I've visited:U of A, Arkansas State

In college, I plan to major in: Business

I like playing quarterback because: I like being able to control the game. Also, I was raised in a family of quarterbacks and from a young age I was practicing at the quarterback position.

Best football moment: Beating our rival Fort Smith Southside in Week 8. It was a huge game with the conference championship on the line. The atmosphere was incredible.

My favorite play: A High-Low post-dig-drag combination. I watched Tyler throw it to every possible receiver when he ran the same play multiple times in the 2006 state championship game. It was a play that he broke down for me when I was in the 6th grade and I know it like the back of my hand.

Best player I've played against: Kiehl Frasier

Favorite high school team to play against: Southside

Describe what football means to you in 20 words or fewer: Being totally committed and achieving the highest level of success with my teammates while having fun doing it.

My ringtone on my cell is: The AT&T Default ringtone

Favorite NFL player: Aaron Rodgers

Favorite NFL team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, my dad lived in Tampa Bay for 7 years.

Favorite music: Country and Rock

Favorite song: "Boys of Fall" by Kenny Chesney

Favorite book: "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand

Favorite movie: The Sandlot

Favorite TV show: American Idol

Favorite actor: Bradley Cooper

Favorite actress: Reese Witherspoon

Favorite food: Italian

Favorite class: History

Dream Date: Carrie Underwood

Hobbies: Guitar, Skiing, Hunting and Fishing

The one thing I could not live without is: my cellphone

Role model: My grandpa ( Dr James Burgess), He's a great leader for our family and the town of Greenwood, I strive to be more like him.

Three words to describe me: Friendly, Determined and Leader

People would be surprised that I: sing and play the guitar at many local events in the area. I love playing music for crowds.

Ten years from now I'll be: starting a family and involved with either football or the music industry. I would like to somehow incorporate my hobbies into my job.

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