Ken Ekanem was the first player Chris Haddock met when he became the Centreville High School head football coach two springs ago.
“The principal had pulled him out of the hall so I could meet him right away,” Haddock said. “I’m not 6-4, 245, so when he walked through the door, I looked right up at him and I was like, ‘Wow, that’s a great looking kid.’
“My first introduction to him was not on the field, but as soon as we started practice, it was pretty evident that the kid could play. As I got to know him a lot better, his personality and character became evident.”
The Clifton, Va., native has never missed a workout during the season or during the offseason and he doesn’t miss class or even show up late. “All of those little things, to me, tell me that he’s a solid man of character,” said Haddock.
“He’s always very respectful and thought of highly, not just by the football coaches, but by his teachers and by the administration in our building,” the coach continued.