Tunkhannock Area High School junior Jack Chilson led the Tigers on Friday night to the school’s amazing fourth quarter comeback win over the Patriots. Chilson threw for 276 yards in the 35-32 win, and ran in two touchdowns. In recognition of his achievement, Chilson has been named the Wyoming County Press Examiner Athlete of the Week.
Grade, age, hometown: Junior, 17, Tunkhannock
Family: Dad Terry, mom Becky, brothers Ben (14) and Luke (10)
Pets: Two guinea pigs, S’mores and Hoods
Position: Quarterback and safety
Other sports: Basketball (forward) and track and field (javelin and 300 hurdles).
Three reasons why you compete: I compete to make my younger self proud, to make my family proud, and for my teammates.
Athletes you admire: LeBron James and Peyton Manning
Three people you’d like to have dinner with, dead or alive: LeBron James, JFK, and Peyton Manning
Who inspires you to be better? My grandpa because of his love of the game while I was growing up, and the work ethic he instilled in me.
Favorite school subject: U.S. History
Favorite movie: “Avengers Endgame”
Favorite sports movie: “Hoosiers”
Favorite social media app: Instagram
Favorite food: Cheese ravioli
What is the best place for post game food? Waffle House
What would be your team anthem? “Eye of the Tiger”
What number do you wear and why? #7 because of John Elway
Superstitions or rituals: I pray before every game, and I have a different signature handshake with Riley Jones. We’ve been doing it since we both started varsity our freshmen year.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to? Weezer
When did you start football competitively? I started at six years old, then quit on the very first day. But then I came back in second grade and have played ever since then.
Favorite field to compete on and why? Our home field because I think we have the nicest grass field in our area and the energy the crowd gives us is just electric.
What is your favorite football memory? Can I say Friday night? Definitely last Friday night’s game!
What is your dream job? Governor of Pennsylvania
What is the coolest place you have traveled to? The Bahamas
How would you describe Coach Marabell in one word? Demanding
How would he describe you? Competitor
What sports quote or motto do you try to live by? “Off the field you can be the nicest guy in the world, but on the field no more Mr. Nice Guy,” from my grandpa
What skill would you like to master? Public speaking
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives? Play a sport
Random fun fact about you: I can ride a unicycle.
Post-graduation plans: I would like to go pre-law, hopefully to an Ivy League school, and would like to play football.