WINNSBORO — John Sandifer is a senior defensive and offensive lineman for the Richard Winn Eagles, and for him football was a chance to express his school spirit — and to knock a few people down.
“It all started back in my seventh grade year. I wanted to play some sport for my school and I thought that football was probably the only one I’d be good at it, plus it’s a physical sport, I like that,” he said.
Football has been a channel for his physicality, but it’s also instilled the idea of teamwork, something he considers a key to life.
“Without teamwork you’re not going to win, and I mean just in life. If you think you’re going to go through life and do everything on your own, you’re not going to get anywhere, you got to count on other people, and other people have to count on you to get things done,” he said.
During his time on the team, Sandifer has been a leader and anchor. This year the school presented him with the West Point Leadership award, and his leadership skills are a source of pride for the senior.
Coach Dan Dickerson described him as a “real leader” and a “dedicated person” who can always be depended on.
Sandifer acknowledged that more goes into being a football player than just what happens within the white lines.
“You’ve got to be humble. You have to have morality. You can’t just be out there thinking that you’re number one. You’ve got to make your time, time for practice and when you get home you got to get your homework done,” he said.
Hunting is something else that Sandifer makes time for. He spoke about hunting, one turkey hunting memory in particular, with the same passion he approached football with.
When his football days are done, he plans on kicking back, and enjoying the rest of his high school days until college. He has applied to The Citadel, but does not plan on continuing his sports career in college.
One lasting football memory that will stay with him is “last year at the State Championship looking at the scoreboard once it hit zero, and thinking we actually won the state championship.”
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.