Senior Bowl Players Cyrus Jones, Jacoby Brissett and Alex Kinal visit Dodge Elementary School in Mobile
On Friday, January 29, a gym full of Dodge Elementary School 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students got a chance to visit with three college football players in town for the January 30 Reese's Senior Bowl game. Quarterback Jacoby Brissett from North Carolina State University; Cyrus Jones, University of Alabama cornerback and Alex Kinal, punter from Wake Forest University were introduced to the students by Dodge principal, Dr. Suzanne Crist.
The students held, and videotaped, a mock press conference in which selected 5th graders were allowed to ask questions of the trio, seated on stage behind a table with a backdrop featuring the orange and black of Reese's Senior Bowl.
Questions for the players ranged from "What do you want to pursue as a career?" to "What did you do when one of your team members got hurt?" to "What is the biggest obstacle you've faced in playing football?" To the last question, Jones told the students, "Everyone said I was too small to make it in college football." (He checked in at Senior Bowl practice at 5'9", 196 pounds.) But, he told his audience, "If you really want something, don't let anybody tell you that you can't do it--go after it."
In another round of questions, Mobile County Public Schools Athletic Director Calvin Crist asked each player a series of "rapid-fire" questions; each responded with ease.
After approximately an hour of answering questions from student reporters, posing for photos and signing autographs, the three visited or played with 1st and 2nd graders and kindergartners.
Below are scenes from the event (some courtesy of Dodge Elementary School; some by Jo Anne McKnight)