MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - Moultrie native Nic Johnson is the Packers captain and leader, but it's the characteristics he drew from community leaders that helped earn him the student athlete of the week.
"Whether they lost or whether they won," said Colquitt county soccer coach Jimbo Jarvis. "They hug his neck and tell him how much they appreciate playing with him. They just respect him that much."
That's usually not the reaction players get from fierce region rivals, but Nic Johnson demands that respect with the way he carries himself.
He credits that to his involvement with Leadership Colquitt County, where he gets to learn directly from community leaders in the Chamber of Commerce.
"It opens my eyes up to see all they do for us and see how difficult it is," said Johnson who plays center back. "It just gives me more respect for everybody in our community and how hard they work."
Through the organization Johnson helps out with programs such as the Moultrie Humane Society, and along the way he picks up leadership traits that he then brings to the field. And nobody knows that better than his head coach who said he never has to worry about the center back position.
"When somebody needs something, he's there for them," said Jarvis who has coached him for the past 4 years. "When someone is in trouble, he's there for you. Just keep being that guy, and show the other guys, the younger guys the way to go."
Johnson helped the Packers to their best region finish in a while, including closing the season with two wins over the toughest teams in the region.
"Usually we're scared of Tifton and Lowndes," said Johnson. "Because they're number 1 and 2 these past couple seasons."
This year they jumped Tifton for the No. 2 spot earning a home playoff game, and the change has a lot to do with the senior leader who mans the back.