The Rimrock Echo
There is no “I” in teamFriday, October 09, 2009 By Kayla Cross
Many of us have heard the saying “There is no I in team.” For Zach Lea this isn’t just a saying, this is his way of life. I had the pleasure of interviewing Zach; the quarterback of the Crook County Cowboys football team. When asked “Would you trade football for any sport?” Zach replied with “No, I like the team aspect of football, it takes all 11 guys working together to make it happen.” Zach is a senior at CCHS and has played football since the fifth grade. He has not always been the quarterback; he worked his way up by playing as a receiver. Zach is a well rounded athlete; along with the role of quarterback he also plays cornerback, punt team and kick team. When asked “In your opinion, what was the best play you have accomplished?” Zach replied “One I remember isn’t my best but it stands out in my mind. An opposing team member intercepted the ball and ran along the sideline in front of our team, I hit him so hard people in the stands clearly heard it.” Zach had been inspired to play football since he was a little boy when his family would get season tickets to OSU Beavers games. That’s when he decided he wanted to play football and one day attend OSU to play for the Beavers. In any sport, there are many people who have looked up to successful athletes as role models. As a quarterback, Zach looks up to John Elway and Joe Montana for motivation to be the best he can be. When asked “How does it feel to be a part of the football team?” Zach replied with “It feels good to be part of the football team. You get that kind of brotherhood which carries over and continues in school.” While playing football, Zach has to juggle school, practice, and games. He indicated it can be hard to handle, but it’s worth it to be in the game each week. Zack has much support from family and friends. Crook County is known for many great achievements in sports, such as wrestling, basketball, and volleyball. However when the talk of our football team comes up not many positive things are said about it. Schools come over with the attitude of a guaranteed win. This year, the Crook County Cowboys hope to gain a better reputation by bringing heart, team work, and talent to the field. Zach is not one of those players who thinks he is the best and the team would die without him. He knows the true meaning of teamwork and how every player is as important as any other. Zach Lea models an attitude we can all live by. There is no “I” in team.