Great athletes exist in every sport, but there are not many who are leaders and exceptional athletes. For Teddrick Terrell, being a leader is not an uncommon trait.
“ I’m proud to be a leader and it doesn’t add pressure because I have been doing this since my sophomore year,” Terrell said. “I’ve always lived up to high standards and I have to be the best at all times.”
Terrell is a senior defensive lineman at Jackson State University where he played in every game his freshman, sophomore, and junior seasons.
Now, in his senior season, Terrell said this moment is truly one that is bittersweet.
“ I’ve had a lot of ups and downs but I can’t complain because I am able to still play the game I love,” Terrell said. “
Although facing challenges, the former Lanier High School standout embraced the role of being a leader on the Tigers’ defense early on.
“As an athlete, I matured a lot and very quickly took on the role as one of the leaders,” Terrell said. “When I first put on my JSU uniform, I was excited because I was ready to play but as the years past by, I understand that my uniform represented me, my city, my university and my family.”
The Jackson, Mississippi native credited Lanier High School in preparing him for the collegiate level despite the team not producing many wins on the field.
“We were not the best in football but my coaches prepared me to be the best at all times.”
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The Tigers’ defense will be put to the test against the Jaguars (1-1), who compiled 378 yards of total offense in a 50-13 win over Mississippi Valley State University Saturday.
Terrell said he is confident that this team can win a SWAC championship and more this year.
Over the past three seasons, Terrell played at the linebacker position. This season, he transitioned to defensive end under first-year defensive coordinator Alonzo Lee and his 4-3 defensive scheme.
“It hasn’t been much of a difference for me,” Terrell said. “It helps me to be a better player and more versatile.”
While it is only week three of the college football season, Terrell said he has plans to play in the NFL after his senior season.
“It has been a dream of mine to play football on the next level since I was a toddler and I am claiming it in Jesus name everyday,” Terrell said. “I plan to participate in everything to prepare for the 2016 NFL Draft.”
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With big dreams for this season and for his post college career, Terrell said God and his family motivate him the most to be the best athlete.
“God has been looking out for me through all these years because at each level or age, I had a different male figure who helped or taught me something about the game,” Terrell said. “My family and now my son push me to another level that I didn’t think I could reach.”
Terrell and the Tigers will travel to Baton Rouge, Louisiana Saturday to take on Southern University. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.
Getting to know Teddrick Terrell
Full Name: Teddrick Terrell
Hometown: Jackson, MS
Parents: Geraldine Terrell
Siblings: Jasmine Terrell, Jarmesia Terrell, and Timmy Terrell
Position: Defensive Lineman/ Outside Linebacker
Fun Fact: Lion King is my favorite movie
Life Motto: With My Savior, everything is possible
Favorite Athlete and why: Ray Lewis because he’s a great leader to everyone in his life on and off the field and I see myself doing the same
Favorite Team and why: Cowboys, my uncles are big fans so I became one too
Something that makes you stand out: my passion for everything I love which God, family, and football
Why you chose JSU as your school to play college football: I wanted to be at home and inspire kids in the metro area that you can be successful at home
Favorite childhood memory: I didn’t play much organized football as a child but my favorite memory has to be my sophomore year in high school. My freshman year, we went 1-9. We defeated Callaway 14-13 to end the season 1-9.
One of your most memorable moments: It has to be against Alcorn. Everyone doubted us and said we were going to lose. Everyone forgot that any team can be beat and we are rival teams. I loved that we got the win in their backyard and that was the foundation for this season.