Lawrence High standout lineman Lee Myers excels in the classroom as well as the football field.
Myers, a 6-foot-1, 215-pound senior, has a 3.9 grade point average. Would you believe head football coach Dick Purdy's weight training class spoiled Myers' bid for a 4.0?
"I had a knee injury my sophomore year and couldn't do lower body maxes so he gave me a B," said Myers, who loves pre-calculus. "That's my only B in high school. I know I worked hard in the class. It's no big deal."
Myers, a starter on the offensive and defensive lines, takes the same workmanlike approach to football as the Lions prepare for Saturday's Class 6A state championship against Derby.
"I'm out for myself to have fun," Myers said. "If you're not out there to have fun, you shouldn't be out there."
Myers has played a role in the Lawrence offense's 317.7 yards rushing average and the defense's allowing 104.1 yards a game.
"He's an intelligent, relentless player," Purdy said. "You better be ready because he'll play you clear to the whistle and while the whistle still is ringing."
Myers has gained the respect of opponents. He's often double-teamed.
Also, his efforts were noticed by the Sunflower League coaches. Myers was the lone unanimous selection to the all-league defense.
Myers will likely be a candidate for the Buck Buchanan award, given to the outstanding lineman in the Kansas City area.
"Any award would me a lot to me," said Myers, eyeing the championship trophy this weekend.
Myers' brother, James, won the award two years ago as a Lion lineman. James, listed at 6-1, 240, was Baker University's starting center in 1995 as a sophomore.
Lee sees James often because he commutes to Baldwin from Lawrence. James critiques Lee's weekly play.
"Football just adds to the relationship," Lee said. "Up until postseason, he'd come home, watch films and grade them and tell me what I need to do better. He's been there and knows what it's like."
Myers plans to play college football. He's looking at Emporia State, Pittsburg State, Montana, Montana State, Wyoming and some junior colleges in the state.
He'll likely play defense in college.
"I'm not a huge guy," Myers said. "You have to put on a lot of weight to play offensive line in college."
Myers believes he can reach his older brother's weight in a couple of years.
"If I work a lot in the weight room and get a good diet in the offseason I might," he said.
A state championship on Saturday will whet Myers' appetite.
"I'm hoping for one more win and that'll end my year great," Myers said.