Nick Parker’s leadership key to turnaround for Bracken County Special

Posted Jul 16, 2014 by Zach Gilliland
Bracken County running back and defensive back Nick Parker was named team captain for his football team this season. He hopes to lead his team to a turnaround from last year when they finished 2-9.
Nick Parker
It’s not every day that a young player is asked to lead a team of his peers, but for Nick Parker, he is up to the challenge.
“I’ll be one of the first sophomores coach has ever made a captain”, Parker said. “It’s very humbling to see how my teammates look up to me, being that I’m young”.
If there is a young player that is qualified to lead though, it’s Parker. As a freshman for Bracken County High School last year, he finished first on his team in rushing and second in receiving. That helped him win the best offensive back award for his team.
A leader always has high goals for himself and his team, and Parker is no different. “My first goal is to win games”, Parker said.
His individual goals are to lead 1A in rushing and be in the top five in the state in rushing.
Parker loves the game of football and doesn’t know where he would be without it. “I actually started playing in 4th grade”, Parker said. “I just love the game. I can’t picture my life without it. It has taught me so much about myself.”
He knows that leading the team this fall will take being a good role model and unwavering leadership skills. Those leadership skills may help him to become a college football player one day as well. In the football combines he has competed in this summer, he has brought his 40-yard dash time from 4.6 to 4.4 and his vertical jump from 35” to 39".
Bracken County hopes to have a successful season in 2014, with their captain Nick Parker leading the way.