This Friday night, Northeast will wrap up their regular season as they hit the road against Monticello.
The Raiders, who have playoff dreams, have a thought-provoking senior.
Audie Farley is a motivator and a success in the classroom.
It’s his drive that makes him our Athlete of the week.
“I just want Northeast to be on the map of a good school,” Farley said passionately.
You might think of this senior as a cheerleader instead of a football player. Farley is always working to inspire others.
“I gotta lead and I gotta be the guy those boys out there look up to,” Farley said as he pointed to his teammates.
Not just on the field, but in the classroom, too.
Farley fosters a solid “B” average, but his transcript is full of honors and advanced placement courses.
He says it’s not always easy.
“If you look at the student body, when we take AP classes, we have so much more work, like we’re taking college classes, and it just piles up and it’s a lot of stress,” Farley admitted.
Farley finds solace in putting on the pads to deal with everyday frustrations.
“When I come out to the football field, all my problems disappear,” he said with a big smile. “I put all the stuff behind me and off the table. I just focus on football.”
Head coach Bruce Mullen says it will take all of that Farley focus to help the Raiders make it into the playoffs. Right now, they sit at 3-6 with one game left on the schedule.
“We got him playing on both sides, so he’s going to have to be outstanding at receiver and also on defense have to be outstanding,” Mullen said.
Regardless of how things play out this year, Farley has plans for an outstanding future, one that includes never forgetting his roots and his allegiance to Northeast High school.
“If I don’t make it in the NFL, I want to be a psychologist or a physical therapist,” Farley said. “I always told my mama when I was little if I ever made it I’m going to give back to Macon, and I guarantee I”m going to give it back, I promise I’m going to give it back.”
As for college, Farley says coaches from Mercer University and West Georgia have contacted him.
He says he won’t make any final decisions until February’s Signing Day gets closer.