WINNSBORO — Nic Stillwell has been a member of the Richard Winn Eagle football family since his sixth grade year.
“It was kind of just a thing that my friends were doing and I wanted to be included, since sixth grade, and after that it just stuck,” he said of his football beginnings.
Stillwell is also a two-sport athlete who plays for Richard Winn’s baseball team in the spring. According to Stillwell, baseball “is not as important as football” is to him, but he still enjoys it.
After his Eagle days are in the past, Stillwell plans on becoming another bird, this time a Gamecock, and it does not hurt that he is an avid Gamecock fan. He plans on attending The University of South Carolina, but has not decided yet on his choice of major.
“Hopefully I go to USC Columbia, maybe study business, or I’m not sure what I want to study yet, but just get a good job, and get married one day,” he said.
Stillwell epitomizes the definition of a team guy. One of his proudest personal achievements was watching how close this team became during his time playing football.
“My proudest personal moment would probably be just seeing all of the players that I play with everyday, seeing how close we are. That’s not really one specific moment but just seeing it everyday,” he said.
His words “I’m willing to give everything for someone who’s willing to do the same for me” continues to speak to his team first mentality.
To Stillwell, his teammates are his heroes and they give him something to look up to every time they set foot on the field together.
“I see them working just as hard if not harder than I do, so they would have to be my heroes,” he said.
The years as a Richard Winn Eagle football player has molded Stillwell into the young man he is today, and without that experience he does not know where he might be today.
“I wouldn’t be as hard of a worker. Football impacted my life so much, and without it I don’t know what I’d be. So, it helps me work harder for something that I want to achieve,” Stillwell said.
Richard Winn has been more than just an educational institution for Stillwell. It has become a home, and a home that he is just as attached to as he is the football field.
What is the one thing he will remember the most about Richard Winn Academy?
“Probably the closeness of everybody. I mean, you can’t walk down the hall way without pretty much everybody knowing you,” he said.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.