2005 All Star West
6’ 210 lbs.
High School Coach: Dave Larkin
High School: Jenison, A
College: University of Findlay
Justin was a three-year starter at inside linebacker and also was a fullback and guard in his junior and senior years. He was elected captain in both his junior and senior years. In his sophomore year he was named Most Improved Player and in his junior year he was voted Most Valuable Defensive Player. In his senior year he was given the coaches’ award. Throughout high school he maintained a 3.9 gpa.
Justin earned three varsity letters in football, two varsity letters in track, where he ran the open 100, open 200 and 400 and 800 meter relays. He also earned a letter in wrestling in the 215 pound weight class where his record was 20-10. Justin was involved in National Honors Society and was a member of the peer educating group that encourages young kids to abstain from drugs and alcohol and pre-marital sex. Justin was also a four year honor-roll student.
“First and foremost,” Justin thanked, “my Lord Jesus Christ for giving me the talents and abilities to play the great game of football. I would also like to thank my Mom, Dad, and sister for their constant support and cheering me on over the years. To my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, thank you for all your support and encouragement. I love you all very much. To my friends, thank you for all the great football memories you have given me. To all my coaches, from cub football on up, thank you for teaching me the game and a special thanks to Coach Vanderbeek for believing in me and being right by my side through all of the intense training. It means a lot for a coach to care about his players the way you cared about me.”
All Area, 2003 and 2004
All OK Red Metro Conference, 2003 and 2004
All Dream Team 2nd Team, Grand Rapids Press, 2004
All State Honorable Mention, Detroit Free Press, 2004
Pre-season CBS-Sports Line All Region, Prep-Star Magazine, 2004
Post-season CBS-Sports Line All American Nominee, Prep-star Magazine, 2004