Jamall and Rowdy: It’s not football, it’s family

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Greg Spencer

Senior Rowdy Fredrick pauses and watches the action from the sidelines.

Every Friday evening, hundreds of students gather together as the sun sets to celebrate something bigger than football: unity. As a school, a family, and a unit, Broken Arrow proceeds to move forward in the goal of becoming a more positive culture in Oklahoma. But what sparks this fire? What makes the football team unified?

The answer, in simplest terms, is the brotherhood among each and every player on that team. A prime example of this brotherhood would be between running back senior Jamall Shaw and nose guard senior Rowdy Fredrick, who have been playing football together for five years.

When the two were 12 years old they played together on “Broken Arrow Orange,” and since then Shaw has been running up and down the field with Fredrick steamrolling the helpless players in front of him. This trend has been happening for five years now, each year creating more trust between the two and pushing each other to reach a higher level of play.

“He is such a big player,” Shaw said. “I know if I run his way he will make a big block and create a place where I can run.”

This type of play creates a bond that remains unbroken to this day.

“Jamall and I are brothers, and we always will be,” Fredrick said.

What is special about this connection is not the fact that it helps the football team win games and rack up yards, but the fact that two people have created a brotherhood while doing what they love and chasing their ultimate goal, a state title.

“We have a great team this year,” Shaw said. “We trust each other a lot and we want to bring a gold ball to our school.”

Shaw and Fredrick can be seen together on the field on Thursday, Oct. 15 when the Tigers face Westmoore in a pink out themed home game.