Scholar Athlete: JD Murray


Calvary Christian Senior DJ Murray is like a Swiss army knife when it comes to athletics. He plays football, soccer, archery and runs track. On top of that he maintains 4.3 GPA, while taking advanced courses.

“It’s been tough. Lot of long nights, staying up and getting all that homework done and study for tests,” says Murray.

When one sports season ends for JD another one is beginning. Each one of them coming with their different challenges.

“The most difficult one physically is football. Battling injuries and trying to stay healthy the whole year, but mentally it’s definitely archery.”

JD’s mental toughness was developed at an early age. On a summer morning in 2012, he went to the doctor knowing something wasn’t right.  The doctors diagnosis would change his life.

“At the end of the day I ended up at the doctors and they told me ‘you have type 1 diabetes, this is going to be with you forever’. They told me a lot of things I couldn’t do and that’s one thing that always motivated me too. Wanting to prove people wrong.”

JD used that motivation to start his athletic career.

“I never played a sport before I was diagnosed. I always wanted to, I always wanted to play football. When I came to Calvary, I said ‘you know I’m going to do it’. Despite these challenges I have to face now and overcome, I’m going to do it and be the best me I can be.”

In the summer, JD will be attending UAB and will major in materials engineering and minor in business. His motivation to keep his high academic standing all comes from a conversation JD had with his mom in the third grade.

“We had a conversation one day and she said ‘JD I want you to do the best you can do’ and I said mom I want to do the best for you. I want to be better than what s happened before in our family and I want to go to college and get a degree”.

After he gets a degree he hopes to follow his fathers footsteps and land a job in the steel industry.

Congratulations JD Murray WLTZ’s Scholar Athlete of the Week

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