Athlete Feature of the Week: With Football and Basketball Player David Dowell

Matt Orbany ’15
David is a junior and plays wide receiver and defensive back on the football team. He was awarded second team all-district and recorded 26 receptions, 483 yards, and 7 TD’s at wide receiver. At defensive back he recorded 3 INT’s, 11 pass deflections and 32 tackles. He also plays shooting guard and small forward on the basketball team. David has football scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Illinois, Kent State, Kentucky, Northwestern, Tennessee, Toledo and West Virginia as well as interest from numerous other programs.
MO: What team or individual performance are you most proud of?
DD: Team performance would be last season’s football win over Eastern Christian Academy and individual would be locking up heavily recruited Glenville athlete Marshon Lattimore in a week 1 win last season.
MO: What is the coolest part of being a member of both teams?
DD: Just having teammates from two different sports and being a part of two great programs.
MO: What is the hardest part of being on both teams?
DD: Probably trying to manage playing basketball and lifting for football while also trying to stay caught up on school work.
MO: What advice would you give to a young athlete?
DD: You have to grind and work hard at trying to get better each and every day.
MO: What have you learned from sports that has helped you in other aspects of your life?
DD: I think the competitive nature of sports can help you in other aspects as far as always striving for more and never settling for the minimum. It’s just like working to be your best in anything you do.
MO: Do you have any game day superstitions?
DD: No, I try to just go out and play the game.
MO: What are your goals for this season for football?
DD: To help bring my school another state championship.
MO: What motivates you to play and compete?
DD: Just wanting to be the best to ever do it and knowing that I’m not there yet.
MO: Do you have a favorite sports movie?
DD: The Longest Yard
MO: If you had the choice to travel either forward or backward in time, which would you choose? Why?
DD: I would travel backward in time, just to change the mistakes that I have made.