By BRAD KEITH
STEPHENVILLE (November 13, 2014) — Jarrett Stidham is everybody’s All-American.
The selection committee for the Under Armour High School All-America Football Game certainly agrees.
With all of Stephenville High School’s almost 1,000 students along with administrators, coaches, other faculty, family and fans on hand inside Gandy Gym Thursday morning, Stidham was presented his 2015 Under Armour All-American jersey.
Stidham, a Texas Tech commit and Elite 11 fraternity member who is currently out after breaking a bone in his throwing hand at Big Spring on Oct. 24, is responsible for 32 total touchdowns and just one turnover this season. The Yellow Jackets will face Decatur in a 4A Region I bi-district playoff without him. Kickoff at Ram Stadium in Mineral Wells is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
But the injury was just a detail Thursday. The focal point was Stidham’s vast success on the field, and in a brief speech he thanked many who helped him to get to where he is today.
“First and foremost to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, secondly my family, my mother, my two brothers Dustin and Juder, they mean the world to me…” Stidham began before thanking a long list of others. “It’s been a good four years, and we’re going to finish up strong in the playoffs. I thank all my teammates, especially the seniors.”
The eighth annual Under Armour All-American game is Friday, Jan. 2, at 3 p.m. CST at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. It will be televised live nationally by ESPN.
Past participants in Under Armour games include first-round NFL Draft selections Julio Jones, A.J. Green, EJ Manuel and 2013 No. 2 overall pick Luke Joeckel, according to the event’s website, UnderArmourGame.com.