MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One thing you can’t teach is heart and determination. Just ask Rutland right tackle and offensive lineman Keyundre Whisby.
He’s in the 10th grade, he’s 6-foot-7, 330 pounds and guess what? He’s only played one year of football his entire life, and that was this past season.
“I used to watch a lot of NFL when I was younger,” said Whisby. “So, when I was younger, I used to see them boys hit on there, so it inspired me to play.”
Now, Keyundre’s willing to put in the hard work to become great at it.
In fact, in just one year, he’s accomplished so many things that he can’t even believe it.
“I was shocked myself,” he said. “I made it to the Macon Touchdown Club. Got a couple of awards. Got player of the weeks. It’s still shocking to me because it’s only my first year playing.”
Yeah, he’s accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, but he still considers himself an underdog.
And you know what? It’s motivated him to go even harder.
“It gets me pumped up because I come out of nowhere. You know what I’m saying? So, I don’t expect anybody to know me yet. I’m in the 10th grade, but I’m coming up there. Reaching the top.”
And the top seems like a sure thing because what he’s done after just one year is scary.
“It’s only going up from here,” he said. “It’s no going back down. Everything that I do, I work hard.”