Arcadia High School Senior Reed Richardson is no freak of nature despite his physique as he leads his team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns.
Although he has only played two games, when Mr. Richardson is on the football field – he balls out. Ironically, football is Mr. Richardson’s secondary sport since he grew up playing basketball.
Mr. Richardson, born and raised in Scottsdale, originally saw himself just playing basketball, in pursuit of a career beyond high school.
“Basketball has always been my No. 1 sport. This year I decided to play football once the season started,” Mr. Richardson said. “I was trying to focus on basketball for all of high school to see if I could go somewhere for basketball. But, this year I decided to do football and it’s been working out pretty well.”
Mr. Richardson has posted back-to-back 100-yard, multi-touchdown games since joining the team despite missing the first four games of the season with a hand injury.
Head Coach Leonard Abt loves what he sees from his senior wide receiver and was willing to accept Mr. Richardson because of the history he had with the family.
“He wanted to come out at the beginning of the season, but he had an injured hand. I told him to come out when he was ready to join the team,” Coach Abt said. “I coached Reed’s brother a while back, so I knew he was a good kid and definitely a competitor.”
Indeed, it was Mr. Richardson’s competitive nature and love for team sports that swayed him from the hardwood to the gridiron.
“I love going out there on Friday nights and playing with these guys. And, the competition is always fun,” Mr. Richardson said.
With basketball season approaching, Mr. Richardson has a lot on his plate to deal with. Yet, he stands by taking on one sport at a time.
“Right now, football is going pretty well with me so I’m going to ride it out until the end of the season, see where it takes me, then focus on basketball when basketball season is here,” Mr. Richardson said.
Editor’s note: Mr. Lima is a journalism student at Arizona State University