TUCKER SHELTON – FOOTBALL
Harv Eker, a famous businessman, and motivational speaker said “Energy is contagious, either your affect people or you infect people” This quote sums up what it is like for anyone to be around Senior Hawk Football and Wrestler, Tucker Shelton.
Early this summer that energy was taken away for a while as Shelton suffered the loss of his father, Mike Shelton. “This summer I lost my best friend and Father. We did everything together, and it honestly doesn’t seem real that he is gone, but through all of this, I have had an amazing support group and community to lean on. I’ve been blessed with overwhelming support from everyone around me.
Shelton grew up loving and playing the game of football. “I first started playing football in kindergarten, I played flag football in Warren county youth football league, and I’ve been playing ever since. I’m going into my 12th year of playing the game I love and I can honestly say it’s a true passion of mine.”
Shelton continues, “My Dad was my influence to play football, that was one of the many things we bonded over. As lifelong Steelers fans, ever since I can remember we would spend Sunday’s cheering the boys in black and gold on, and that is what got me loving the game. My Dad coached me all through little league football and grew my love for the game. He is the reason I wear 67, I’ve always wanted to be just like him, and he pushed me to become the player I am today.”
When the calendar hit July 15 the energy level for Shelton started to increase, as the Hawks first official day of practice. Since July 15 Shelton is slowly getting back to his self with a strong focus on having a successful senior football season.
Head Football Coach Josh Jagger’s loves Shelton’s presence on and off the field. “His energy is contagious. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen him in a bad mood. He’s one of the most enjoyable young men, if not the most, that I’ve ever coached in fifteen years. He’s just ‘steady’- Tuck is Tuck day in day out.”
Jagger’s continues, “but he is just a dominating force on both sides of the ball. His strength, the way he can move, his football IQ and just his relentlessness is something that sets the tone and gives everybody else a high standard to play towards.”
Shelton enters his senior season as a four-year starter on both sides of the ball and has made strides in improving his game. “Over the offseason, I’ve gotten in a lot better physical shape, I’m much faster than I was a year ago, I’ve also tried to become a smarter player, I’m also much more driven going into my senior football season.”
Not only has Shelton excelled on the gridiron, but on the mat as well as he will enter his final season as the #1 ranked wrestler in his respective weight class (heavyweight). Head Wrestling Coach Eric Burrell understands the impact of Shelton. “The presence of Tucker Shelton is felt tremendously, he is always someone we can count on, he’s developed into a big match guy (no pun intended). Performs well against those top-ranked kids and goes into every match ready to make a statement. The other kids see that and it shows. He recruits kids to wrestle, he’s vocal, works hard, and is very competitive. He’s been the backbone of three consecutive region titles.”
Shelton aspires to play football at the next levelb ut understands it is a process. “College looks can be hard to come by sometimes, but over the summer I went to many camps and impressed a lot of coaches, but I haven’t received any offers yet, but I’m hoping that will change as the season progresses.”
Jagger’s is optimistic he will get his opportunity. “He absolutely will be playing college football- where exactly is to be determined. But he is getting serious interest from several levels…FCS schools such as EKU and Murray, NCAA D2 schools like the University of Indianapolis, and a number of NAIA programs are in love with him. His recruitment is wide open, but he will have his pick of schools to go to.”
Burrell echoes what Jagger’s says. “Tucker I believe is going to play football at the next level. Tucker really loves that team aspect of sports and I believe that will be what suits him best. He loves wrestling and he knows that wrestling has helped him develop into the football player that he is today. He’s going to do well at whatever he does, he’s got a great head on his shoulders, has a great support system, and is loved by everyone he meets.”
Shelton is easy to root for because of his genuine love for competitive team sports. But most of all, his perspective and energy of living every day to the fullest is what leaves a smile on people’s face. Shelton concludes by saying, “With football season right around the corner, I know he (dad) will still be watching me on Friday nights, and that helps me get out of bed every morning, knowing I made him proud. Every tackle and every time my last name is said over the speakers during a game, that’s for my Dad.