Scholar Athlete: Harris County linebacker, Gage Lee
For Gage Lee, playing linebacker has one major perk.
"I get to hit people almost every single play."
Lee was once a lineman who made the transition to linebacker back in middle school. But he has become the physical player and leader he is by taking part in another sport, wrestling.
"You learn a lot more about yourself as a person and that really helps transfer over to football because if you know more about yourself you can help more people out and like you know your strengths and weaknesses and what you need to work on," he said.
As a senior on the Harris County squad Lee takes on a leadership role for the others to follow, not just on the field but also in the classroom. He holds a 4.4 GPA and is taking all honors courses this year. He’s a hard working student athlete who is motivated to do well thanks to his family, especially his mom.
"She’s pushed me in school and has given me the tools that I need to exceed and to be able to exceed," said Lee.
But it’s not just his mom who’s impacting Lee’s performance. He competes everyday with his little brother, not just in the classroom but on the field. They both take honors courses, they both make top grades, and they both play linebacker.
"He’s a bit ahead of me and might graduate with a couple more AP credits but he’s just as smart, just as athletic, but he is a bit bigger," he said. "He just got the genes on that one."
It’s sibling rivalry at its finest, but one that’s beneficial.
"We kind of push each other a bit and I think that’s helped both of us."
Following high school Lee plans to study medicine.
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