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Player diary: Thomas ready to embrace final high school football season

Thomas Heyward Academy rising senior Logan Thomas is the school’s starting quarterback. Entering his final season playing high school football, he’s excited about sharing the experience with his teammates. Here are his thoughts on getting ready for the season:

Since Little League, football has been a part of my life. As each season passed, I grew a greater passion for the sport. By the time I reached middle school, I knew this was my sport, and decided to dedicate myself to being the best player and teammate I could possibly be.

As August rolled around each year, it was the start of football workouts for most, but, for me, the season never stopped. I dedicated myself year-round to become a better student, athlete and leader.

As I wrote in my Jasper County Sun Times player diary last year, I condition, play other sports, lift weights and train at camps/combines in the off-season. I never let myself get out of shape and always push myself to be better than the previous year.

I believe if you are passionate about a sport, or anything in life for that matter, you have to commit to it completely and not let it just be an “interest.”

Reflecting on my football years, I can see how football has impacted my life. It has taught me perseverance, time management so I can dedicate myself to the team and the classroom, leadership, teamwork, importance of practice, and work ethic.

Now going in to my senior season, I am being asked a lot how I feel about playing my last year of high school football.

The truth is, I find myself more excited than sad. Instead of thinking about everything I will be leaving behind, I am more focused on the team and how to get us to state.

I am excited to make new friendships with all the new players joining the brotherhood.

I am excited to share experiences and life skills with my brothers. I am excited to share my passion of football, faith and family.

This season, I will embrace each game I play. I will look around, take it in and appreciate the moment.

I appreciate all of my coaches, trainers and mentors that have made me who I am on and off the field. I appreciate the brotherhood with my current and past teammates, and knowing they are lifetime friends.

I appreciate all my friends, their parents, teachers, school staff and administrators, and our loyal Rebel fans for all of their support.

Mostly, I am beyond thankful for and appreciate my incredible family for all their support, encouragement, guidance and for always believing in me.

But for now, I just cannot wait to get under those Friday Night Lights and enjoy this final ride, playing the game that I love.

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