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Crockett's Kollie a football veteran

Douglas Fritz • Aug 3, 2018 at 5:54 PM

Just five years into his life, John Kollie was already a football player.

“I’ve been playing since I was little,” said the David Crockett senior. “I started young, and I couldn’t stop. I had a love for it.”

Kollie has filled out into a 6-foot-1, 200-pound wide receiver and linebacker. He’s one of the leaders for a Pioneers’ team that has high hopes for the 2018 season.

And if Crockett is going to win games, Kollie will likely be a catalyst. He had over 600 yards receiving last season, and was among the team leaders with seven tackles for loss. His success starts with on-field attitude.

“I just have to be aggressive,” said Kollie about playing linebacker. “I have to come out with that dog mentality, and bring everything I have. I have to stay on my dude, and if it’s a running play I have to squeeze it and make the tackle.

“At wide receiver I need to catch every ball that comes my way. And I need to block for the running backs.”

Team success

Crockett has moved away from its perennial-losing ways, becoming a yearly playoff threat.

“We’ve had a whole group of kids who have been ready to work and get better,” said Kollie. “That’s why we’ve had success.”

Kollie said he expects the success to continue under new coach Hayden Chandley.

“He’s the best coach we’ve had in a while,” said Kollie. “He has told us everything we need to know. He has good drills for us, and we’re looking pretty good. I like Coach Chandley.”

A difficult sport

Football isn’t for everybody because of its physical nature, but Kollie said the mental approach is important.

“It’s a really tough game,” he said. “You need to have that mindset of being ready to come out and give it everything you’ve got. You can’t come out soft.”

Younger brother

Prince Kollie is a sophomore running back with plenty of potential.

“He’s a big part of the team,” said John. “He starts us off on offense. We really need him, and he’s starting to get better.”

The future

Kollie hopes his football days extend quite a ways into the future.

“I want to go to college and play,” he said. “I’m hoping to get a scholarship, and I’m working on that. I want to go through college and maybe go to the league after that, hopefully.”

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