JOW - Alto Native Johnny Thacker

by Coleman Swierc

John F. Kennedy once wrote, "The one unchangeable certainty is that nothing is certain or unchangeable."

For S.F.A. Senior Johnny Thacker, nothing speaks louder than the truth.

"Coming into practice one day, coach was asking (about playing running back) because our starting running back was hurt," Thacker says.  "We needed a running back.  I told coach to just let me try it out because I did it in high school.  So coach let me try it out and told me I was fit for the job."

Coming out of Alto, Thacker was widely regarded for his talents as a defensive back.  Now, those talents are shining.  But this year, its not on defense.  The last two games, Thacker as recorded 111 yards on the ground, on only 18 carries.  All this while recording eight tackles as a defensive back.

It's this willingness to play both ways that is setting the example for the rest of the team.

"I think some of the young guys make look up to it," Thacker says.  "And in the future, whatever they have to do to win a championship, if they need to play both ways in a situation like that, to just do what coach asks, and to try and help the team out."

Welcoming the change, Thacker has embraced his new role on and off the field.

"This is probably one of the biggest changes I have made in my life," Thacker says.  " So, I'm just trying to hit adversity head on and just taking it one step at a time."