EDMOND — Football is a team game, but Edmond Memorial's Connor Myers loves the individual battles.
At defensive tackle, nothing gets him more pumped than a battle with an offensive lineman and getting through to make a stop on a running back or quarterback.
Football is where Myers is making his name now, but it wasn't where he got his start.
Myers began practicing Taekwondo when he was 6.
"I don't really remember how it started,” Myers said. "I just know I wanted to participate in some form of martial arts.”
Participating is one thing, but Myers excelled at his practice at Poos Taekwondo in Edmond. Myers' resume included a second-place finish at the 2008 World Junior Championship Open in the heavyweight division.
But eventually Myers was going to have to make a choice between Taekwondo and football. The gridiron won out, and Myers stopped participating competitively after his freshman year.
His one-on-one battles are done on the mat, but the skills he learned have helped him on the field.
"It was all about the competition. I just couldn't get enough of it,” Myers said. "It's helped in my flexibility and quickness. My footwork is a lot better.”
His agility is one thing, but it might be his strength that sets him apart.
Myers is just under 300 pounds and has become a beast in the weight room. He has set 13 school lifting records in the last three years.