ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Roanoke city 8th grader making his mark on the football field…..and he is getting notice for his play. Woodrow Wilson middle schooler Jase Rhodes recently got an invitation to play in the Elite Middle School All Star Game in November in Charlotte. This opportunity is connected to his hard work on the field and love for the game….the love for football came at an early age.
“When I was 5 years old, I played flag football for Upward and I guess I was pretty good at it. I just fell in love with it and with AAU I was playing tackle football and I wanted to make a career out of it,” said Rhodes. Growing up playing football, Jase stepped up to become a strong 8th grade player on the William Fleming Middle School team. even at the middle school level his play was noticed giving him a chance to play in the all-star game in November.
“I really feel blessed about it. Not to many people get this opportunity and this is top tear down in North Carolina. So I get this opportunity to show off to scouts. So I can get my name noticed and put out there,” said Rhodes. Playing football in general has given Jase a special lesson about life he will never forget.
“Just having a passion for the game, because with football if you come out every day and put it all out sometimes and it has taught me to work hard and have that hard dedication to the game,” said Rhodes.
Jase is leading bye example at the middle school level and his teammates look up to him in more ways than one. being a leader is a responsibility he doesn’t take lightly. “You don’t have too many people to look up to at my age on your football team and your teammates voted you as their leader so I think that is pretty neat,” said Rhodes.