George Is A Natural Leader
AMES, Iowa – Jeremiah George sat down for an interview after a grueling summer workout and his eyes lit up when a reporter asked him about his thoughts on potentially being named a captain in fall camp.
“It would mean everything in the world to me,” George said without hesitation. “Growing up, you want to be that guy that everybody looks up to, who wants to be a positive influence on younger people.”
Being named a captain is something George, Iowa State’s Butkus Award Watch List linebacker, has been striving for since he arrived on campus in 2010. He was granted his wish when Iowa State head coach Paul Rhoads announced his six captains on the first day of fall camp.
Anyone who has seen George’s leadership up close shouldn’t be surprised about the announcement, but George was still extremely grateful when he heard the news.
“It was a dream come true,” George said. “It’s a big honor because it is voted on by my peers and teammates. That means a lot to me, because I am doing something right in the eyes of them. I am trying to lead by example and doing things that hopefully inspires them to continue to do the things they need to do in order for us to win.”
George didn’t get the chance to tell the great news to his supportive parents. They had already heard about it via social media. Nevertheless, his family rejoiced in their son’s happiness.
“They were really excited.” George said. “I think my Mom was more excited, because my Dad already knows what kind of leader I am. He raised me to become the verbal leader I am today. I think my Mom was excited because she can now take pictures of me walking on the field with the other co-captains.”
Over 1,400 miles separates Clearwater, Fla., from Ames, Iowa, but that doesn’t stop his family from seeing their son play football at Jack Trice Stadium. They have witnessed George play many times in his first three seasons, including both bowl games.
It looks like they will log more miles in his senior season.
“They will be at every single game this year,” George said. “They are my biggest supporters. They made it to a lot of games in my career and they are excited to watch all the games this year.”
His teammates have already voiced their opinions of what they think of George as a leader and football player. But perhaps his linebackers coach, Wally Burnham, summed it up best when he said, “A lot of guys like to play football, but don’t like to practice. Jeremiah likes to practice.”