October 19, 2019

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Diamond in the Rough: Thomas Bigner

Thomas Bigner is a 6’4 270lbs senior defensive end and defensive tackle at Jena High School in Jena, Louisiana that runs a 4.9 in a 40-yard dash, can bench press 225, and squat 475. In the Louisiana Gridiron Football bowl game he recorded 2 tackles.

When did you start playing football and when did you begin to like playing football?

I started playing football my 6th grade year of junior high and then I’ve played every year since my last year of highschool. I really fell in love with football my 6th grade year.

What is your greatest strength and your greatest weakness?

My greatest strength is when I am on the defensive line playing run first like when I have to squeeze down the line. My speed is an area that I need to get better at.

 Who is your biggest motivator?

My head coach is my biggest motivator because he pushes every single one of us. He pushes us to be good in football, our grades, and everything all around.

What has football taught you about yourself as a person?

Football has changed me a lot; my head coach has been getting us ready for the real life through football. My head coach is teaching us to be men, to be responsible, and to have a great attitude.

How do you prepare physically and mentally for a game?

Physically I drink a lot of water and get plenty of rest. Mentally the day of the game I wake up already got the mindset to get ready and before the game I plug in headphones listening to music clear my mind and really just get my mind on the game. I clear out all of the distractions.

Why should colleges recruit you?

I am a hard worker and I am willing to do whatever it takes to make sure that our team wins and to help us get better.

How have you improved since your freshman year of highschool?

I’ve gotten a lot stronger, I have gotten faster and really I just play technique a lot better than I did my freshman year.

What did you think about the Louisiana Gridiron Football bowl game you played in recently?

It was great to meet all of these players and coaches who have been successful, the humbleness that everybody has in them, the willingness to work with you. Overall it was a great experience and I would love for anyone to do it.

How would you describe yourself in one word?

I would probably have to pick Humble, because really I am not a bragger, I do not brag about being good like I’m so good, in general stuff like that. I know I’m not the best even though I try to be the best and I’m always helping others out in any way I can think of. I guess you can call me a team player, even though I try to help myself out I always try to help others out.