My name is Joe Weber and I’m a junior at Rapid City Stevens High School – an 11 AAA school which is the top level in South Dakota. During my Sophomore year, I was a Varsity starter on the defense at cornerback. I was again a Varsity starter my Junior year where I had the chance to show some versatility. During my Junior season I started different games at cornerback, safety and outside linebacker. Even with all this time on defense, I believe I am still best suited to play quarterback. I started at quarterback on my Freshman team and was voted the offensive player of the year. The next year as a Sophomore, still while starting on the Varsity defense, I started at quarterback for the JV team and was again named offensive MVP even though I only played in 4 of the 8 JV games.
My successes as quarterback include as a sophomore in 4 JV games I threw for 12 touchdowns and ran for 2 rushing touchdowns. As a sophomore in Varsity games I threw for over 100 yards and 1 passing touchdown and ran for over 100 yards and 1 rushing touchdown. My successes as cornerback include in starting in Varsity for two full seasons only allowing 16 total receptions in those two seasons combined with 8 deflections and 1 interception. As safety in the last game of my junior season, I had 11 solo tackles and 7 assisted tackles. In the weight room, my sophomore year I broke the sophomore bench record, the sophomore incline bench record, and the sophomore squat record for the 175-205 lb. weight class.
I am also a military kid and have been taught my entire life leadership, respect, commitment, overcoming adversity, and always being prepared for opportunity when it arises. Above all, this has shaped who I am as an athlete and a person.
My commitment to football and playing at the next level started in November of my 8th grade year. Since that time, I have shown up consistently to the high school weight room every single week, Monday through Friday, at 5:30 a.m. even when, more often than not, I am the only one there. This has taught me not only the self-discipline that pays off in the weight room, on the field, on the court, but also for the commitment and self-discipline needed to succeed in both academics and athletics.
I believe that leadership is not the position you play but the way you live your life. I am as much a leader when I’m on the field as I am on the sideline. The same brotherhood and leadership my dad has shown on the battlefield, is what I strive for as a teammate and leader for my team. I’ve been backup Varsity quarterback the last two years and it has taught me be prepared for the opportunity when it arises but also to be a leader no matter where I am needed.