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Male Athlete of the Week
Gib Pounds--ELCA
by Maurice Dixon
May 28, 2014 05:36 PM | 1952 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In spite of being legally blind, Eagle’s Landing Christian senior Gib Pounds has never let that take away from his focus.

“Having 2200 vision means I cannot drive but that’s my only limitation,” Pounds said. “My vision could be worse. I could have tunnel vision but I’m just extremely nearsighted and totally colorblind.”

A week ago, Pounds was awarded the Stephen Dale Elrod Memorial Scholarship at ELCA Athletic Awards Ceremony.

“I was completed shocked,” said Pounds, who started at center for the football team this past season. “I walked up there speechless. I think I whispered thank you. I didn’t see it coming.”

Pounds was well deserving of the honor, thanks to his 4.26 grade-point average.

“It doesn’t matter if you have a disability or not,” Pounds said. “Hard work is going to get you where you want to go. I could’ve come out of here with a lower GPA if I had not taken the time to spend my time studying.”

During his time on the gridiron last season, Pounds helped the Chargers earn an 11-1 record.

“Football has been something I’ve been glad to play with all of my friends here,” Pounds said. “I found the perfect position as a center. Let’s face it; I wasn’t going to be catching the ball.”

This fall, Pounds will pursue a degree in education at Georgia.

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