Winfield senior Grant Dickson likes to get down and dirty in the trenches
Some football players live for the thrill of racing down the sidelines or hauling in a deep pass, but Winfield senior Grant Dickson finds his joy toiling among the offense’s front line.
Dickson, a 6-4, 295-pound offensive tackle, takes pride in one of the sport’s most unsung positions.
“A lot of guys, they want to throw the ball or catch the ball, be the guy scoring, but I love the role I have and I really couldn’t be any happier,” Dickson said.
Dickson brings the perfect attitude to the position, Generals coach Craig Snyder said.
“Football players aren’t nice guys and when it’s football season, when he’s out there, he’s a pretty nasty kid,” Snyder said. “He just gets down and dirty and that’s what makes him pretty good. I think that’s probably, by far, his best quality.
“I think the reason we were good last year and we have potential to be good again this year is because we’re pretty good up front, and Grant’s definitely our leader up front.”
Winfield finished last season 7-4 in its first season in Class AA after dropping from AAA.
Meanwhile, Dickson earned first-team All-Cardinal Conference and second team All-State honors.
Snyder said he expects even greater results from Dickson and the squad from the offseason work Dickson has demonstrated and inspired in others.
“He’s worked on his strength a lot this offseason,” Snyder said. “He’s someone who works hard and pushes all the guys around him.”
The team’s toughness provides it the edge it needs against opponents, Dickson said. “The second half [of games], a lot of the teams you see us play, they have their hands on their knees, or on their hips or their head,” Dickson said. “With us, we can run double overtime, triple overtime, we’re fine. I think coach Snyder does a really good job of getting us in shape and we’re a tough group up front.”
The line also interacts fluidly, with Dickson often directing the communication amid the trenches.
“They have to talk and communicate to each other, and he is someone who is very good at that,” Snyder said. “Sometimes we try to play really, really fast and he’s good at it. It’s easy to do something like that when you have a veteran like him that really gets it.”
More than anything, though, Dickson defines his playing by his attitude, and he relishes his role.
“Really, I go out with the mentality ‘Don’t take any crap,’” Dickson said. “If somebody really gets on my nerves, that’s really going to be a problem for them.”