The Gatorade State Football Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Jordan Fuller
School: Northern Valley Regional High School At Old Tappan (Old Tappan, N.J.)
Position: All-purpose player
Weight: 205 pounds
Athletic achievement: He has led the Golden Knights to an 11-0 record and a berth in the Group IV, North I championship game, scheduled for Dec. 5. A 2016 U.S. Army All-American Bowl selection, Fuller rushed for 747 yards and 11 touchdowns on 72 carries in addition to hauling in 33 receptions for 786 yards and five scores entering the state final. The returning First Team All-Group IV selection as named by NJ Advanced Media, he threw for 138 yards and two touchdowns on 7-of-7 passing entering the group final. Also a defensive back, Fuller has recorded 53 tackles and returned one of his five interceptions back for a touchdown. He took back three punts and one kickoff for scores on special teams through 11 games.
Academic excellence: Fuller has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating his time as a youth football instructor, he has volunteered for multiple charities and fundraising campaigns on behalf of his church.
“Jordan possesses the most unique and outstanding physical gifts and skills that make him the greatest overall football player in New Jersey,” said Old Tappan head coach Brian Dunn. “However, the characteristic that separates him from other great athletes is his genuine love of others. His teammates, coaches, classmates, teachers and administrators all have such great respect and love for him because of his care and commitment to his school and community. I’ve never coached a better athlete, but I’ve also never coached a young man who combines that with work ethic, passion, care for others and team-first attitude.”
THE FUTURE: Fuller remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.