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Athlete of the Week


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Jesse Chadwell signs his letter of intent for University of Illinois with support from his family. Photo by Wendi Reardon (click for larger version)
December 05, 2012 - Jesse Chadwell was a force to be reckoned with on the football field as an outside linebacker for the Clarkston Wolves Football team.

As a senior it was a special season, not only because it was his last with the team but they finished with a 11-1 record with their only loss in the regional finals.

"Everyone will remember their senior season," he added. "I will remember my senior season forever because of the team we had - all of us got along. We all worked hard together and we made it far."

Chadwell began playing football when he was fifth grade. He described himself as a "big little kid" when he tried the sport. He loved it.

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"Football came really easy to me," he smiled. "I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the team aspect. It is a team effort."

Chadwell will continue playing football after he graduates. He recently signed his letter of intent for University of Illinois, Nov. 16.

"It's very exciting," he said. "I can't wait to start and get things going."

He also looked at Central Michigan University, Western Michigan University and Kent State but didn't quite find what he was needed.

He was drawn to Illinois because of the coaching staff.

"They are very family orientated guys," Chadwell said. "I also like Illinois better because of the family aspect and the campus was nice."

As he moves on to the next level, he said the Wolves' football coaching staff helped him get ready.

"It is the way my coaches have kept on me and didn't let me slack off," he added. "They were up in my face all the time in practice. I appreciate it because they got me ready for coaching in college."

He plans to study business because he has a lot of options when he finishes college with his degree in business.

Chadwell thanked his fans for their support and nominations for Athlete of the Week.

"It feels good," he said about being nominated. "It is nice to get some recognition because the position I play in football doesn't get much recognition."

He enjoys hanging out with friends when he is not playing football or building his strength with visits to the weight room.

His advice for aspiring gridiron heroes is to work hard.

"No matter what people say to you, maybe you are smaller, maybe you are bigger, or you are out of shape or uncoordinated it is all about working hard," he said. "You will get what you deserve in the end."

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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