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Scholar athlete: Brady Ooten, Choctaw High School

Scholar athlete: Brady Ooten, Choctaw High School

Eyes are always on the quarterback. It's one of the most stressful positions to play, but Choctaw's Brady Ooten keeps his cool despite playing against some of his old best friends.

For Choctaw senior quarterback Brady, football is a family affair.

"My little brother plays on Thursdays for Bruton Middle School, I play Fridays, and my dad coaches on Saturdays. We're always doing football," Brady said.

Head Coach Greg Thomas said Brady's work ethic is second to none.

"Anything you're good at, you have to put a lot of time and effort into it and he's done that," Coach Thomas said. "Not only does he take his athletics seriously, he's just as serious in the classroom."

Right now, Brady has a 3.9 GPA and on track to graduate with honors.

Brady may be a Choctaw Indian now, but he actually used to play for the rival team over at Fort Walton High School. Playing against old teammates might be offputting for some, but Brady said his calm personality keeps him focused on the game.

"When you're in the position that you're in on the field, people look to you and they always look to you to see what you're doing and you have to live up to that standard," Brady said.

Perhaps, Brady's secret to staying calm in this high-pressure position - a unique gift from his grandmother.

"She had the entire church pray over this cloth, so she sent it to me. She said cut it up and put one piece on each thigh and one on your chest. She didn't tell me why, I just did it and I haven't stopped doing it since," Brady said.

After graduation, Brady wants to continue his football career into college while studying sports medicine.

"When you've been involved in sports all your life like Brady has, you want to be around that as a career. Whether it be in the medical field or sports management or a high school coach," Coach Thomas said.

Brady already has two football scholarship offers on the table and he hopes to get a few more when the season wraps up.

"It's something I've dreamed about since I was nine," Brady said. "The goal is to get your education paid for and go to school for free. Accomplishing that is a pretty big feat."



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