Athlete of the Week Giles Jackson

Freedom High School junior Giles Jackson in Oakley, Calif., on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017. (Tony Kukulich/The Press)

Athlete: Giles Jackson

School: Freedom High School

Year: Junior

Sport/Position: Football/Running back

Coach: Kevin Hartwig


The youngest of five children, Freedom High School junior Giles Jackson was drawn to football from an early age.

“I like the physicalness,” Jackson explained. “I like hitting people”

Jackson started playing football when he was 7. At 15, he’s now playing his second year on the varsity squad and made the move from wide receiver to running back at the start of the season.

“I’ve always liked running back,” Jackson said. “But last year we had Ronnie (Rivers), of course. I played receiver. That worked for me and I was good at it. I can play both (positions), it doesn’t matter.”

According to Jackson, team camaraderie is an important component of the success that Freedom has had this season and he is quick to attribute much of his personal success to his teammates on the offensive line.

“We’re all brothers,” said Jackson. “We all have each other’s back for everything.”

In addition to football, Jackson also runs track and specializes in the 100- and 200-meter races.

Jackson said that most of his free time is spent in the gym and he ends each workout by running a mile. Or he can be found playing video games, particularly “Madden NFL”. And just a few weeks shy of his 16th birthday, he is looking forward to getting his driver’s license.

Future Plans:

Jackson’s hope is to play football for a Division I college. While at this point he’s is not very particular about where he attends college, Jackson said that he has been interested in the University of Oregon since he was in third grade because of the quick-paced game that they play.

Coach’s Quote:

“He’s a great kid and he’s a real good football player. He puts in the work. We switched him from receiver to running back this year by need. He was like ‘I’m in. Actually, he came to us and said that he was ready to play running back before we officially let him know what was going on. He said, ‘Coach, I’ll get it done.’ He’s a hard-working kid and it’s a good thing he’s only a junior.”