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Athlete of the Week: James Murray, Dunbar

Name: James Murray

School: Dunbar

Grade: Junior

Age: 16

Sports: Football, basketball, track, baseball

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Claim to fame/honors: Carries 3.8 grade-point average; third-year varsity outside linebacker; third baseman for varsity baseball; plays small forward in basketball, and competes 100 and 200 in track

Bet you didn’t know … I’m a very respectful person

Words you live by: It is always easy to quit, but it is never easy to finish; dedication and hard work are everything

Toughest opponent: First-round of playoffs Goshen

Biggest influence: Coach (James) Lacking; he always has a positive attitude and always says this one thing: “When things aren’t going your way, how are you going to respond? Find a way to get it done.”

Game-day rituals: When I wake up, I find my jersey. I take it with me into the bathroom when I brush my teeth; I go downstairs for a protein bar; go back to my bedroom to get dressed, then sit in corner and listen to music

What’s on your bedroom walls: Picture of me in my baseball jersey; basketball Coaches Award; two Dunbar basketball caps with white D on it; Varsity D for football

When I’m bored I like to … exercise; push myself to the limits when I don’t feel like doing anything

Favorite movie: Coach Carter

Person who would play you in a movie: Dwayne Johnson

Favorite TV show: New edition of Fuller House

Favorite musical artist: Kevin Gates

I can’t live without: Food

I can live without: Pop; it’s bad for the body

Event you’d like to attend: Super Bowl with Patriots vs. Cowboys

Favorite author: Dr. Seuss; it never gets old

Favorite home-cooked meal: Spaghetti

Favorite restaurant: Chipotle

Favorite smell: At 4 or 5 o’clock in the morning; it smells like a fresh air

Favorite cereal: Cinnamon Toast Crunch

Store where you’d like a shopping spree: Wal-Mart;

Vegetable you won’t eat: Squash

I’d love to trade places for a day with … Marshawn Lynch

Whose mind would you like to read? My coach before a practice so I know what we have to do

Place where you’d love to travel? Africa

Talent you’d like to have? Sing

Favorite school subject: Math

Favorite athlete: Ray Lewis

Favorite team: New England Patriots

Favorite Olympic sport: Track

Something in the world I’d like to change: All the violence

Favorite sports moment: When we played Goshen in the playoffs; it was the fourth quarter and we were down; coach said we had to find a way to get it done, and we did

Favorite junk food: Doritos

Best thing about football: How violent it is

In 10 years, I hope to be … in the NFL

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