Meagher enjoys tossing TDs and tutoring

Published 12:00 pm Friday, February 19, 2016

John Meagher is a hero for the Oxford Middle School football program both on and off the field.

The eighth-grader gets down to business both as quarterback and as a tutor for his fellow teammates.

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The all-A student, starting this year, has tutored both seventh- and eighth-grade football players and others who need it, especially in his favorite subject — math.

“I’ve always been into numbers. People think it’s crazy, but it’s just how it is,” John said.

The 14-year-old also runs track and plays basketball, is in Beta Club and is involved with activities at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church, including More than a Meal and Lovepacks. But, football is his favorite, and he even shows his team spirit by wearing the OMS blue color on his braces.

“I’ve always liked hitting people — not outside of football — but inside of football,” he said. “I’ve always liked being able to hit people and run and score touchdowns. I’ve always liked to do that.”

He works with his teammates at least once a week, or more when needed, in the library, which all began when a group of active football parents decided to ensure academics were a priority.

“If they don’t understand something, I just try to help them, give them different ways to understand it,” he said. “I like to tutor in math because it’s something a lot of people don’t understand, and I get it, so I try to help people.”

John is the second youngest of three siblings and has aspirations of one day attending the Naval Academy and becoming a Navy Seal. He plans to help people along the way.

“I just try to do what’s right each and every day, just try to be helpful and be the best person I can be,” he said. “I try to be someone that people can model themselves around, and I try to do what’s right.”