Featured Athlete: Ralph Rucker

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Featured Athlete: Ralph Rucker

"Football is a very physical sport, so it’s being able to defend yourself. It’s a different mindset, and it’s a different skill that will be helpful later on in life."

Matt Bolden

"Football is a very physical sport, so it’s being able to defend yourself. It’s a different mindset, and it’s a different skill that will be helpful later on in life."

Matt Bolden

Matt Bolden

"Football is a very physical sport, so it’s being able to defend yourself. It’s a different mindset, and it’s a different skill that will be helpful later on in life."

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Junior Ralph Rucker took over the reins as starting QB this year for the Leopards. In addition to his position under the friday night lights, Rucker finds himself involved in other varsity activities. 

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Name: Ralph Rucker

Grade: Junior

Sports: Football, Wrestling, Baseball

Looking Deeper :

The Red Ledger: What’s it like being a multisport athlete?

Ralph Rucker: It’s fun, it’s really fun.

TRL: What’s your favorite sport?

RR: I don’t really have a favorite sport, it’s just whatever season I’m in, that’s where my head is.

TRL: What or who got you hooked on football?

RR: It’s probably my dad, he pushed me onto the field and said, “Go play football,” and I said, “Yes, sir.”.

TRL: Are you excited for this season as our new QB?

RR: Yeah, the whole team is excited, I’m excited, it’s going to be a fun year for sure.

TRL: What are you most looking forward to this football season?

RR: Just to be able to go out with my teammates and win and just connect with them.

TRL: What’s your favorite part of the game (football)?

RR: The physicality of it, being able to just go out there and hit someone and have it be legal.

TRL: Why do you enjoy wrestling?

RR: It’s kind of smooth. Football is a very physical sport, so it’s being able to defend yourself. It’s a different mindset, and it’s a different skill that will be helpful later on in life.

TRL: What’s your favourite memory from wrestling?

RR: Probably winning State my seventh and eighth grade year.

TRL: What was winning State like?

RR: It was fun. Seventh grade was a lot more exciting than eighth grade because in seventh grade. I didn’t really know what I was doing and I wasn’t really a favorite so it was a lot more exciting.

TRL: What are your goals for the upcoming baseball season?

RR: Just to compete and get as far as we can with the arms and with the team we have. 

TRL: Do you plan on participating in any of these sports through college?

RR: That’s the goal, that’s what I want to do. I’ll play wherever I can play.

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