Scholar athlete: Parker Kotlartz, Catholic High School
A great football player has both brawn and brains. With his sights set on the Ivy Leagues, this week's scholar athlete doesn't disappoint.
Parker Kotlartz isn't your average high school football player.
"He's an offensive tackle, but he can play center, he can play guard, he can play tight end. He knows everything out there," said Catholic High Coach Matt Adams.
His versatility doesn't stop on the field, and you can throw the jock stereotype out the window.
This is the first year, to Coach Adams' knowledge, that a Catholic High football player is on track to graduate as class valedictorian.
"I expect to see his name very high up somewhere, whether he's invented something or in the medical field," Coach Adams said. "He's just a bright young man."
Parker doesn't concentrate on what others are doing. He's focused on bettering himself and uses football as a break from his studies.
"If you go from school to more school and more school, you get so tired of it. It's so tedious, but having that release of football and really just getting to hang out with your friends, play a game that you love, is really amazing," Parker said.
Calculating is opponents every move, Parker's unique approach to football gives him an advantage on the field.
"You don't have a lot of time on the field to think, especially when one second the ball snaps, the next second you're hitting somebody. It's reactions in the brain, that's all that it is, quick reactions, nerve impulses," Parker said.
Parker uses his brain on the field and in the classroom. He even hopes to study it one day and become a neurosurgeon.
"Since I was five years old, I've always wanted to be a neurosurgeon," Parker said.
With dreams like that Parker's got a long academic road ahead of him.
"I'll go through five years of undergrad for biomedical engineering, five years of MD and MA school. Then about six to seven years of residency and I plan on trying to take a fellowship, which would be about three years," Parker explained.
All that studying doesn't leave much time for anything, let alone football, but Parker hopes to stay with the sports, just in a different way.