Our November 2016 Spotlight Athlete of the Month is Braylon A. Jones. Braylon is an 18-year old football star out of Zachary High School in Louisiana. Week after week, Braylon can be seen hitting the ground, giving 100%, and leaving everything behind on the field. Last season, Braylon had an outstanding year helping his Zachary Broncos capture the 4-5A District Championship and the 5A Football State Championship. Now in his senior year, Braylon and his teammates are looking for a repeat. Braylon is doing his part by rushing like never before. He helped his team to a 3OT win against East Ascension High School with 126 yards on 21 carries. Then the following week, Braylon had a career high of 467 yards and 5 touchdowns against Calvary Baptist High School. These numbers are astonishing, and afforded him much deserved praise and recognition throughout his local community. Braylon was featured as a Sportsline Player of the Week and was recognized by HUDL for the Longest Run of the Week. Braylon’s personal goal this season is to rush 1000+ yards. He is well on his way and we have not doubt in his abilities. We, at Top Choice Athletics, are rooting for the Zachary Broncos and we are excited to honor Braylon A. Jones as our Spotlight Athlete of the Month.
When asked to name his favorite athlete, Braylon named Ezekiel Elliot of the Dallas Cowboys. Elliot is a true powerhouse when it comes to running backs. While in college at Ohio State, Elliot helped lead the Buckeyes to a 2015 National Championship by rushing for 246 yards on 36 carries and scoring 4 touchdowns. Today, Elliot is in his NFL rookie season and is an early favorite for the 2016 Offensive Rookie of the Year award. Now you don’t have to look very far to see the similarities between Ezekiel Elliot and Braylon Jones. Both are gifted running backs who have a passion for the game and a desire to be the best. As a running back, breaking the tacklers is never an easy job; but both understand the drive and the strength needed to get those extra yards. With hard work, dedication, and faith, anything is possible, especially when you also have talent on your side. After graduation, Braylon plans to play football on the collegiate level, while earning a BS in Kinesiology. After college, Braylon plans to follow in the steps of this favorite athlete and enter the NFL. As long as Braylon stays dedicated and keeps his faith, there’s no doubt we’ll be watching and cheering this young man to greatness.
When asked to give words of wisdom to younger athletes, Braylon said “Have love for the sport, stay determined, work hard, and everything else will fall into place.” Very true sentiments that Braylon lives by and believes in. No one would ever question Braylon’s love for the game, his determination, or his work ethic. And that is why we can’t wait to watch this young man grow into an amazing athletic star. We believe in him and we are excited for what his future holds. Congratulations, Braylon.