Leadership as a varsity athlete.
2. How is life different for varsity athletes than regular mids? (I've heard they get looked over for f/c leadership positions)
This May put that rumor to rest...
ANNAPOLIS, MD-Zerbin Singleton (Sr./Decatur, Ga.) has been selected Brigade Commander for the second semester, Naval Academy Commandant Margaret Klein, USN, announced this afternoon. In his role as Brigade Commander, Singleton will be responsible for guiding and directing the daily activities of the Brigade of Midshipmen and act as the liaison between the Brigade and the senior leadership at the Academy.
Singleton is a two-year starter on the football team at slot back and carries a 3.14 grade point average in Aerospace Engineering. He service selected Marine Corps pilot and one day hopes to be an astronaut.
Singleton enters Saturday's Army-Navy game playing the best football of his career, rushing for 204 yards and six touchdowns on just 19 carries in the last two games. He is part of a senior class that is just two wins shy of tying the Class of 1909 for the most wins in school history. A victory over Army on Saturday would give the Mids a fifth-straight Commander-In-Chief's Trophy.
This week will certainly be one to remember for Singleton as he was named this year's recipient of Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award on Tuesday, which is given each year to college football's most inspirational figure. Disney's Director of Sports & Recreation Planning and New Event Development Kellen Winslow, an NFL Hall of Famer, will present the award to Singleton during The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at the Atlantic Dance Hall at Walt Disney World Resort on Thursday, Dec. 6. The 17th annual awards show is scheduled for 7:30-9:30 p.m. ET and will be televised live on ESPN.
Singleton overcame several obstacles growing up, including leaving Alaska after his mother's incarceration following a parole violation. He met his father for the first time as a senior in high school and was forced to cope with his father's suicide a year later.
At age 11, Singleton found stability in Decatur, Ga., where he lived with his cousins and quickly developed a natural aptitude for school and athletics. A three-year football letterman at Columbia High School, he was also elected Senior Class President, along with President of CHS's National Honor Society.
Initially accepted into the Naval Academy and the Air Force Academy, Singleton chose the Navy because of the challenge of flying a jet to and from an aircraft carrier. However, Singleton's dreams of aviation were derailed after a drunk driver struck his car one week before graduating from high school as class valedictorian. As a result of a broken collarbone suffered in the accident, he couldn't participate in Navy's plebe summer and was subsequently denied admittance to the academy.
Undeterred by his physical limitations as a result of the car accident, Singleton never gave up and instead enrolled his freshman year at Georgia Tech University. Once healthy enough to complete the physical requirements set forth by the Naval Academy in 2004, he transferred to the academy in Annapolis, Md.
Two other football players will be in leadership positions next semester. Jonathan Alvarado (Sr./Baton Rouge, La.) will be the Eighth Company Commander, while Chris Kuhar-Pitters (Sr./Spokane, Wash.) will be the 16th Company Commander.
Alvarado has seen action in every game this year at linebacker and on special teams, while Kuhar-Pitters has started at defensive end for 10 games. Kuhar-Pitters is best known for his 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Notre Dame. He recorded seven tackles and a key sack in the fourth quarter to go along with his fumble recovery against the Irish and was named the Mater Coaches Defensive Player of the Week.
This guy is the real deal and really nice as well. A true story of not giving up