He got in for only a few minutes at Sectional, Luers vs. Harding, and had a miraculous interception. The remarkable hands that made it possible belonged to the varsity football starting safety Jason Harless. Harless, a junior, is also referred to as “full-go” by his fellow athletes because he gives 100 percent when everyone else slacks off. He just keeps on going full strength.
Harless, a Saint Al’s graduate, has always had a passion for sports. He started playing football in the eighth grade and decided to continue on through high school. On the field he dominates, he makes plays and he inspires the hearts of many younger players. Harless is more than just a talented football star. He also excels in track and academics. Although he is only a junior, Harless will be Captain of the 2002 football team, a challenging task. “I went out for track my freshman year thinking that it would be an easy way to letter. I was wrong,” Harless stated.
Although he was only looking to stay active and earn a letter, he certainly surpassed his goals. He ran varsity both freshman and sophomore year, and he plans to do so again this season. “Being announced captain as a junior shocked me. I am excited for this season. Practices are fun. I am only worried about the whole leadership thing,” remarked Harless.
He works harder, harder than most athletes. Harless pushes himself when other athletes would give up and that’s what makes him captain material. Usually athletes are pressured to do well from their coaches, but this is not the case with Harless. “My only pressure comes from within myself, not so much from my coaches,” Harless pointed out.
He broke the long jump record at the Dwenger meet his sophomore year. “I had plans of breaking it in the future, but not so much my sophomore year,” said Harless. “Every time I’m in the gym I look up at my name on the banner just to make sure it is still there”.
Not only is Harless an amazing disciplined athlete, he is a disciplined student as well. According to Eileen Brodmerkel, who taught him in Honors English 9, “Jason works hard for his grades. He accomplishes things in the classroom that even surprise him!”
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