Howland, OH (WYTV) – The Howland football team has rolled off three straight wins and senior Ryan Jones is a big part of that success. He’s as tough as they come on the gridiron, but his leadership off the field is making an even bigger impact at Howland High School.
“I think that’s what really drives me, I want to either do the best for my team, do the best for others,” said Jones. “I just always want to try to do the best that benefits everyone.”
At 6 foot 3, 280 pounds, Ryan has paved the way as a three year starter on the offensive line.
“I want to be the best on the football field,” he said. “I don’t like feeling like I’m being dominated. I want to be the person dominating out there. Coach wouldn’t have me on the field if he didn’t feel I could do that.”
Ryan is also a leader off the field. Last year, he came up with the idea to help students with disabilities.
“The club’s called, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and I believe that everyone deserves a friend in this world,” said Jones.
Ryan’s younger sister Lauren has Down Syndrome, and he founded the club with her in mind.
“I can’t think of anything that I would and wouldn’t do, that I don’t consider how she would be affected first. I love helping people. I feel like there’s no greater good in the world than helping others.”
Ryan hopes to give back even more as a doctor one day. He carries a 4.05 GPA at Howland and is Vice President of Student Senate.
“I have to go do my work in the classroom, get all my work done before I can enjoy the privileges of being an athlete.”