St. John Paul II's Brian Woodend - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 12:06 AM, Mar 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-08 00:06:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) - Just call him a jack of all trades.

"I don't think I could go home without practicing or playing a sport," laughed St. John Paul II senior Brian Woodend. "I just love it so much. I've been doing it ever since I was born."

So Woodend has had a lot of practice, and it shows. He tallied over 2000 yards passing quarterbacking the football team, and pitched in nine points per game in hoops this year. After focusing on lacrosse his junior year, he's back on the diamond for his senior season.

"You watched him play football or basketball, he's always got his feet under him," said Panther head baseball coach Ken Silvestri. "You mix that great balance with an attitude that's I want to make a play."

"Since freshman year, I probably haven't been home before 7:00 ever really!" added Woodend. "When one season ends, two days later, I have to start playing the next season. It's time consuming, but it's what I love so I love doing it."

Time consuming, but somehow Woodend squeezes academics in that hectic schedule, as he blanaces a 3.2 GPA.

"Being a leader is a great thing to do," he said. "No matter what, you should just keep striving to do the best you can do."

"Brian's one of those kids you don't have to worry about," added coach Silvestri. "He shows up everyday, he practice the way he plays. That's one way you set an example for the younger kids."

Setting an example, no matter the field of play, and when it's all said and done, leaving a mark for others to strive for.

"Whatever happens just leave everything you have on the field," said Woodend. "Just know that's the greatest thing you can do."