ATFCU Player of the Week: Albany quarterback improves on field, in classroom


ALBANY, Texas - Brian Hamilton's athletic accomplishments are known all around Albany. The senior excels in football, basketball, baseball and track.

The quarterback threw four touchdowns, ran for another, and returned an interception 85 yards to give him six total scores in the Lions' 55-13 win last week. That performance makes Hamilton the KTXS Abilene Teacher's Federal Credit Union Player of the Week.

"He's a little more vocal this year because he is the senior," Albany head coach Denney Faith said. "He's a good communicator. The kids respect him. If your quarterback can be a good leader, that makes your football team all that much better."

Outside of athletics Hamilton has written for The Lions Roar, the high school's newspaper, since his sophomore year. As expected Hamilton writes sports stories, but also has his own column where he is free to share his opinions. His first column of the semester shows he's a big thinker.

"It was about the idea of questioning everything you think you know," said Hamilton.

In the column he cites philosophies from Socrates and advises that to find truth, someone must dig for themselves.

Hamilton downplayed his writing abilities and said he doesn't want to become a writer, but his father urged him to join the paper to improve his skills for college.

"Taking newspaper, I might not like it whenever I get into it, but it's going to be something that helps me in the future. It's definitely paying off. I can write stuff in 15 minutes when it used to take me an hour to put together a paragraph.:

Hamilton also said he has a feature story in the works about coach Faith, who has been at Albany for 31 years.

Hamilton, Faith and the Lions take on Class 3A power Cisco on Friday at 7:30 p.m. at Chesley Field in Cisco.

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