One-on-one with ‘Big 22′ winner
Story by Nikki Van Lanen
Every year WSOC-TV holds a contest called “Big22” in which the station asks coaches from the Charlotte DMA area to nominate five football players they consider to be in the top 22. This year coaches nominated Bentley Spain as one of many. The players went through an interview process and the final 22 were chosen by the Channel 9 sports team. Then the public got to vote and chose the final 5. The winner’s school would receive $10,000. Spain was also chosen to be in the final 5. The contest ended last week and Wednesday WSOC-TV announced Bentley Spain as the winner. Tiffany Wright, WSOC sports anchor, was at Providence on Friday to award a personalized trophy to Spain. OrthoCarolina, a co-sponsor of the “Big22”, presented the $10,000 check to the school’s scholarship fund.
I got a chance to talk to Spain about how this experience has been for him and ask him some personal questions.
Van Lanen: How do you personally feel the football season is going?
Spain: I feel like the season is going very well. We have come together as a football team and have improved tremendously.
What has been your favorite moment from the season so far?
My favorite moment from the season so far has definitely been our win over West Meck for homecoming. It was such an emotional and huge win for our team and school.
When you’re not on the field practicing, what can you be found doing?
When I’m not on the field or training for the season, I can be found fishing or playing golf.
Who is your biggest role model?
My biggest role model is my mother. She does so much for me and is the strongest person I know.
How long have you been playing football?
I have played football for 11 years.
How many years have you been on the team?
I have started on the Providence Varsity team for 4 years.
What attracted you to football instead of any other sport?
Football is more attractive to me than other sports because it is so physical in nature, but also required an incredible amount of skill and finesse.
What position do you play?
I play left tackle.
What has it been like to get so much media attention?
Receiving so much media attention [has] been a great honor for me. I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work hard enough to garner the attention. It has taught me to how to handle myself publicly and how to stay humble.