His enthusiasm is infectious. His hitting is devastating. Wayne County Linebacker Tommie Weatherspoon is the kind of player a coach wants on his team... on the field... and in the locker room.
"There's no on bigger than the team," says Weatherspoon emphatically. "We're all on the same page and we're just ready to prove a point to the whole world."
A year ago, Weatherspoon led the Yellow Jackets in tackles. Now he's back for his senior season. He's already established his credentials, with 225 tackles during his career. But he's still looking to do more for his team, "I've been working on how to be a great leader. Since the 9th grade, I've seen all right leadership. So, now I've got a little more experience. I feel like this year I will give Wayne County the best leadership, ever!"
He loves to play the game of football, he feels like he's been playing since he was born. It has become almost a religious experience, "Lord, I just want to see your best running back against a linebacker," says Weatherspoon. "You bring it and I'll bring it. That's what it's all about."
Once again this season, Wayne County will open in Valdosta and then meet Appling County. Later in the year they'll face Camden County, it's a tough schedule but Weatherspoon says they're ready, "We feel like were going to give the people their money's worth."
College football is definitely in Weatherspoon's future. He is already a qualifier under NCAA rules. He feels he's a Division One prospect for next season and has heard from a lot of schools. He has interest in several including Georgia, Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Cincinnati. But, he's not committing himself to any one school, just yet. "People have grown up with Bobby Bowden at Florida State," says Weatherspoon. "It's a dream to go to Tallahassee and play at Florida State. Mark Richt has made Georgia so popular, everybody wants to be a Bulldog, now. Where I come from, you got to be a Gator Hater, so why not pick Florida State."
But, he will go to college and get an education, "They can take your sport, but they can't take your education."