With a big smile and dry sense of humor, Craig Falwell is the featured player of the week. Craig is the son of Craig and Alesha Falwell of Newport. Born into a long tradition of Greyhound pride and Jackson County farming, Craig wears # 52 and plays outside linebacker and offensive line for the Greyhounds. He joined the orange and black as a 7th grader in off season and has given 100 percent ever since.
According to Head Coach Mark Hindsley, “Craig is a true team player, a very dependable and trustworthy young man. Through the determination and effort he gives on a daily basis, I have no doubt in my mind what kind of future successes he will have. He is always ready to give everything he has, no matter the position or job. Craig is one of those kids I enjoy having around, because of his attitude and effort given every day.”
As his high school years come to a close, Craig plans to attend Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The plan is to possibly study Ag Business. When asked about his favorite class in school, he smiles and asks, “Does football count?” “Craig has worked hard in off season to become faster and stronger. He put in a lot of time and effort and has become a player who contributes to the team. He is dependable and gives 100 percent effort anytime he is on the field. He loves wearing orange and black and is always pumped up and ready to go,” states Coach Jon Bradley. Through the off season program of the past couple of years, Craig put on close to forty pounds of size and strength.
The 2018 Greyhound Football team has over a dozen seniors. These guys have played together so long that it is hard to pick a favorite out of the group. Craig mentions teammate Julius Pruitt as a favorite. “He is always encouraging and never tries to bring anyone down,” states Craig. “Off the field, Christopher Avalos and I have class together, so we are pretty good friends.” His senior year consists of few on campus classes, because he has an internship which allows his to work.
Sports and hunting are the way of life in the south. Craig Falwell is no exception. Craig follows Arkansas Razorback sports, mostly football and baseball. Outside of sports, Falwell is an avid hunter. Duck hunting being his favorite.
I routinely ask about pregame rituals of the players. I laughed out loud as Craig and I discussed his Friday rituals during the season. “I have worn the same pair of underwear on football Friday since tenth grade,” laughs Craig. “My mom has tried to throw them away several times.” By this time, I am laughing out loud as he continues. “I also drink a cool blue flavored Gatorade every Friday.” A smile crosses my face as I think to myself that Falwell has one of the most wonderful memories of Greyhound Football to carry with him. It is not just the hits, touchdowns, or yardage, but the traditions and rituals which make high school football “The time of your life!”