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KERSHAW – Andrew Jackson High School football standout Robert Massey missed out on his senior football season for the Volunteers, but he’s not going to miss out on a chance to play college football and further his education.
Massey, a 6-3, 235-pounder, tore his ACL while playing basketball a week prior to the start of practice for the 2011 high school football season last July.
The season-ending injury sacked his final season, but not his hope to play college football.
“Robert stayed after it,” Andrew Jackson High School head football coach David Moore said. “He promoted himself and stayed in contact with Wofford. That’s why he has this opportunity.”
Massey has solidified his future, signing with Wofford College to play football for the Terriers.
“Robert’s going to dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t.’ He just stays after it and he’s like that in class and on the football field,” Moore said. “He’s going to do what it takes to reach success, or earn his goal.
“An injury like Robert had would have halted the hopes of most wanting to go to college and play football, but Robert saw it as a challenge and pursued his dream with a drive to make it happen.”
Massey played three seasons of football for the Vols, earning all-region twice and the Volunteers Coaches Award following his junior season.
Massey, in his junior campaign, racked up 32 tackles with two pass deflections and a pair of sacks despite missing several games with an injury.
He also earned the Coaches Award as a junior for the AJ basketball team and is a two-time all-region selection in three years of track with the Volunteers.
Massey’s academic honors are equally as impressive as the AJ Class of 2012 vice-president, president of the school’s Beta Club and vice-president of the National Honor Society.
A Boys State representative in the American Legion leadership program last summer, Massey sports a 4.185 grade point average and is ranked 19th in the AJ senior class.
Andrew Jackson High School principal Mary Barry said Massey is deserving of his credentials.
“Robert is one of our finest,” Barry said. “Wofford is very fortunate in receiving him as a student-athlete. He’s academically strong and athletically strong.
“Robert is a natural-born leader and his character is impeccable,” Barry said. “He’s one of the finest young men to come through our doors.”
Massey noted several reasons for selecting Wofford.
“Wofford has high standards in academics,” he said. “They stress the importance of family and that hooked me.”
Massey noted he plans to major in political science, with a minor in business.
Moore said Massey will do well.
“Robert’s a great kid,” Moore said. “He doesn’t follow the drummer. He beats the drum.
“Robert will do well. He will do the Volunteer family proud,” he said.