By Cam Smith, USA TODAY High School Sports | January 3, 2019 8:23 pm ET
Let the record show that the play of the game was turned in by the last All-American selection.
In the third quarter of the 2019 Under Armour All-America Game, Northwestern signee Michael Jansey read a pass play from opposing quarterback Zach Calzada perfectly, batted the ball up in the air then made a remarkable acrobatic interception. If that wasn’t enough, Jansey caught his balance and used a burst of breakaway speed to bring the interception to the end zone for as impressive a pick-six as you’ll see.
He just had this pick-six in the @UAFootball All-America Game.
— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) January 4, 2019
All of that was nice, but it wasn’t the best part. What was? The fact that Jansey was the final selection to the 2019 game as the winner of the American Family Insurance #DreamFearlessly Fan Vote contest. In fact, Jansey’s touchdown is the first ever scored by a #DreamFearlessly winner in the Under Armour All-America Game.
“I just stuck my hand up there, knocked it up and said, ‘I’ve gotta get that.’ Then I had just enough energy to run it in,” Jansey told ESPN during the network’s broadcast of the game.
It was a picture-perfect ending to a story that was already a fairytale. Jansey has been so excited to be involved that he’s actively documented all his key moments on social media, including his first appearance in the game which he apparently retweeted at halftime:
— S. Bailey (@bdawg271999) January 3, 2019
Jansey is staying close to home at Northwestern but was quick to note that he hopes to maintain the connections he’s built over the previous week in the years ahead.
He’ll certainly keep a very special memory.