By Payton Moody
Tae Warriner is a dedicated football player from Morrison High School, whose passion for the game extends far beyond the field. His journey is one marked by hard work, unwavering support, and a commitment to personal growth.
Warriner’s football journey has been significantly influenced by Coach Bales, whom he holds in high regard. “He wants his players to try hard and give effort because in the real world, that’s something you need,” Warriner said.
In the realm of sports, teammates often become more than just colleagues; they become sources of inspiration and support. For Warriner, it’s not just one teammate but a core group that has played this role. He relies on them for inspiration and motivation, helping him continually push his limits.
Transitioning from the field to the classroom, Warriner’s favorite teacher, Mrs. Schlehuber, has had a profound influence. She instilled in him the values of perseverance and authenticity. “She taught me not to give up on things in life and always be myself,” he said.
Preparation is the key to success in any sport, and Warriner’s off-season regimen reflects his dedication. He worked relentlessly with his teammates, focusing on areas like speed and improving his hands. The offseason was a time of growth and development, setting the stage for a promising upcoming season.
Football is more than just a sport; it’s a teacher of life skills. “Football has taught me discipline, hard work, and through constructive criticism,” Warriner said. “It has helped me become the person I am today.”
Among Warriner’s fondest memories in football is a game that carried a deep emotional weight. “The moment I remember most is right after my great grandpa passed away,” he said. “It gave me the motivation to play my heart out against Pawnee, where I scored 2 touchdowns.”
As the new season dawns, Warriner has set both individual and team goals. He aims to continually develop his skills while fostering team growth. The pursuit of excellence is at the forefront of his mind.
Looking beyond high school, Warriner dreams of playing football at the collegiate level while pursuing further education.