J.I. Burton rising senior Tanner Crowder is the youngest of a dynasty of four Crowder brothers, all of whom have been standout athletes at the tiny Group A high school in Norton.
This coming fall, Crowder will return as the starting quarterback for the Raiders, a position he has held since his sophomore season. This past spring he anchored the Burton boys tennis squad at No. 1 singles, partnering with longtime pal Nick Childers for a state runner-up finish at the VHSL Boys Group A state doubles tournament at Radford University.
George Thwaites recently caught up with Tanner for a short Q&A. Here's what he had to say:
Who is your favorite athlete, past or present?
Probably Peyton Manning. He wasn't really blessed with athletic skill but he worked with what he had. He had really great technique and kind of outworked everyone else. He's one of the greatest quarterbacks ever despite being not that athletic. That's kind of neat when you think about it.
What is your favorite movie?
"Forrest Gump." I'm a big Tom Hanks fan. Every Tom Hanks movie is usually a great movie.
What is your best athletic memory?
Other than making it to the state in tennis, making it to the state finals in football my freshman year. Even though I wasn't starting at the time, it was a great experience.
What is your worst athletic memory?
Losing the state championship in football. Just like (in tennis doubles this past spring), it's right in front of you, but you can't grasp it.
In a movie about your life, who would play you?
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Definitely the ability to fly. I'm sure most men would say X-ray vision, but I'll go with flying.
Do you have any pregame superstitions or rituals?
You know, I've never been one of those guys that do that. I've always been laid back and tried to be the same person I am every day. If anything, I like to joke around and not be too serious before a game.
Do you have any nicknames?
No, I don't know of anyone calling me by anything other than my given name.
What has it been like having to follow in the footsteps of so many older brothers who've made their mark at J.I. Burton?
It's made things easier for me, I think. It's been kind of a lifelong motivation to try to live up to what they've done. My brother Will was all-state in football. They've all been to the state (in tennis), either as a team or as individuals. I've always tried to equal what they did and I always have them behind me pushing me to do great things.comments powered by Disqus