The starting quarterback and free safety for the Paris Wildcats, Kobe Savage, is a leader on and off the football field. Leading the Wildcats to an impressive 9-3 record this year with three playoff game appearances, it is clear to see that this ‘Cat can motivate others to succeed.
Kobe grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas, with his mom; where his childhood was filled with riding horses, hunting, building houses and spending time with family, but what took up most of his time was sports. He began playing at an early age starting with Flag Football in Kindergarten, continuing through seventh grade with track, basketball, baseball and, when he got old enough, full-contact football. Kobe has played almost every position during his ongoing football career, as seen during this year’s Wildcat season as he enjoyed playing both offense and defense. Early on in his football career, he even played defensive line, outside linebacker, and corner on top of quarterback. In fact, he did not play free safety until his senior year with the Wildcats, where he started on both sides.
During his seventh grade year, he relocated to Paris, Texas, where his love for football began to grow even more. Honing in his skills his freshman year of high school, Kobe decided to mainly focus his efforts on football while also increasing his speed and agility through running track. His freshman season, Savage started at quarterback, but during his first game was badly injured when he broke his left shoulder and dislocated his elbow.
This injury set him back as he did not play another game for the rest of the year. However, being the athlete he is, that did not stop him one bit as he regained motion and use and started at quarterback yet again the following year on Junior Varsity. That year, Savage realized that he wanted to play football at the next level, being inspired by all the offers his upper classmates received, his main inspiration being Jalon Pipkins who now plays at Paris Junior College. His sophomore year was his “make or break” season which eventually earned him the starting QB spot on varsity as a junior. Not only was he competing at a high level on the football field, but he also made it to regionals for the 300-meter hurdles in track.
Not only has Kobe been successful in sports, but he has been able to keep straight-As throughout high school as he hopes to one day enter the medical field to pursue a career in dentistry. Kobe said his favorite memory from being a leader in football was during the Paris versus Sanger game, where all the players looked to him each offensive down for the play call. The Wildcats won that game 55-20 with no problems. Savage believes that his impact on the Paris community goes farther than just on the field, “I love being able to just play catch with the little kids from the community, I hope to inspire them to be great.”
Being put in high-level stress situations have only made Kobe more calm and collected and he says that he handles stress better than he did before. His love for football is what drives him to keep playing and hopefully, play at the next level. When asked why he chose to play both sides of the ball this season Kobe replied, “I didn’t want to come off the field, I love the game of football and wanted to play as much as possible.” This great love for the game has translated into Kobe receiving two offers to play football at the next level. While he is uncommitted right now, Savage cannot wait to play at the next level regardless of where.
A word of advice from Kobe for all the underclassmen who are up next, “Maintain the course, stay on a straight path because anything can happen. I love y’all, keep your heads up, and be great!”
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