From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Football Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Junior quarterback, Shadle Park (Spokane)
Greatness Present: Shadle Park’s Rypien is proving that the apple of greatness doesn’t fall terribly far from the tree.
As the nephew of former Super Bowl MVP Mark Rypien and, yes, the cousin of current Baltimore Charm quarterback Angela Rypien of the Legends Football League, the younger Rypien has been finding the end zone at a rate that would make his family bloodlines proud.
Through his team’s first seven games, he connected on 35 touchdown passes against just four interceptions while completing 198-of-283 passes (69.9 percent) for 2,525 yards, including a state-record 613 yards in a 63-42 win over Mount Spokane (Mead, Wash.) last month.
Greatness Past: Still just a junior, Rypien has already obliterated the 4,965 career yards his famous uncle accumulated at Shadle Park from 1978-81. The four-star recruit has thrown for 6,354 since 2011.
Greatness Future: Rypien remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade National Football Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.