Austin Houk, a senior at Fairvew, is a do-it-all football player. Houk plays on both sides of the ball making appearances at tight end and outside linebacker. Coaches remarked that while Houk is a tremendous receiving threat on offense with size and speed, he might be even better bringing pressure from the defensive edge shutting down whatever side of the field he’s on.
For Houk, the qualities required to be a successful football player are being self- motivated, humble, and genuinely wanting teammates to succeed. Houk always puts the team first and looks forward to this fall.
“We want to go all the way and win it all,” Houk said. “As a team we have huge goals and aspirations and believe we have what it takes to bring home the Gold Ball.”
In his first three seasons Houk has had his share of memorable moments.
“My greatest memory so far on the field is catching the game winning touchdown in the district championship last year,” Houk said. “I’ll remember the yelling from the fans and that feeling forever.”
Houk truly loves the game of football and wants to share his love of the game with others. Houk has spent a lot of time in the Fairview area helping youngsters in camps, training sessions, and other activities as they look to grow into high school and will eventually play for the Yellowjackets.
Houk appreciates the coaches and role models in his life that have led him to where he is today.
“I’ve been blessed to be surrounded by people that genuinely care about me and want what’s best for me,” Houk said. “One of my biggest
role models that played before me is Chad McGolden. I looked up to him in middle school and wanted to be a role model for little kids like he was. I also look up to Coach Nelson. He continues to push me to be my best self each and every day.”
After high school Houk wants to either continue his education in the medical field or join the Air Force Academy. Outside of football Houk participates in FFA, NHS, FCA, plays basketball, track and is the student council president.