Top quarterback Drew Barker defends football

Top quarterback Drew Barker defends football

Ultimate Athlete

Top quarterback Drew Barker defends football


Conner (Hebron, Ky.) quarterback Drew Barker isn’t sure that this is a serious question.

“Come on,” Barker said. “Really?”

He can’t understand why there’s any debate about what sport produces the ultimate athlete.

“Football,” said Barker, a rising senior who is committed to Kentucky. “I mean, this sport is almost based solely on athleticism at almost every position.”

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Strong point.

Here are the rest of Barker’s reasons why the gridiron is a no-brainer for the ultimate athlete debate.

Why is the ultimate athlete in your sport?

“You have to be able to run, jump and have hand-eye coordination. And you have to have all of those dimensions at the highest level. You have to be the most elite athlete to even be good. It’s definitely football for the ultimate athletes.”

For anyone who disagrees, what drill specific to your sport would you like to see them try?

“I’d say a hitting drill called Oklahoma. You lay on your back across from another guy who also lies on his back. When the coach blows the whistle you both get up as quickly as possible and run right into each other. You’ve got to be a super athlete to get up quick or you’re gonna be in trouble.”

What is the second-toughest sport behind yours?


What's the best measure of a true athlete (strength, speed, quickness, agility, etc.)?

“I would say agility. That’s just so big for an athlete because you’ve got to be able to stop and start really quickly to be effective.”

Who is the best athlete in your sport, past or present?

“Definitely Bo Jackson. He was unreal. Just a freak of nature.”

What is the best example of something you did personally that shows why your sport has the ultimate athlete?

“I was in the pocket and ended up running to my left to avoid a sack. Then I ended up having to reverse field and run back to the right, and when the defenders got close I launched the ball off my back right foot. I fell down because it was such a difficult throw, but my receiver caught it and we scored.”

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