Taekwando Helping Edmond Football Player

Thursday, July 28th 2011, 5:30 pm
By: News On 6

Originally Published: Jan 25, 2010 11:19 AM CDT

Steve McGehee
Oklahoma Sports Mobile Journalist

EDMOND, Oklahoma -- Hard work pays off.

This old adage holds true for Edmond Memorial junior Connor Myers. That's because Myers doesn't do anything halfway. The 275-pound lineman makes it a habit of breaking weightlifting records at the high school.

Myers admits he works out sometimes twice a day. His head football coach said it best.

"He can be a little intimidating," said coach Justin Merideth. "He's a guy who just comes in here and takes care of business."

Coach Merideth is referring to Myers' work ethic in the Bulldogs' weight room.

Now, Myers' dedication could pay off with a college football scholarship. Myers is a defensive tackle for Edmond Memorial, but he could see some time on the offensive line as well this fall. Missouri is interested in his talents at the center position.

His football skills are greatened by his talents in an ancient Korean martial art, Taekwondo. For seven years, Connor was taught the techniques of a 2,000 year-old tradition at Poos Taekwondo in Edmond. Myers said goodbye to Taekwondo after his freshman season to focus on football. He left behind an incredible resume in Taekwondo, which included a second place finish in the 2008 World Junior Championship Open (Heavyweight division).

Flexibility is key in Taekwondo, which turned Myers into a very agile football player.

"That's a huge deal, his biggest advantage might be his flexibility," said coach Merideth.

Connor doesn't shy away from contact and that's exactly what you want in the game of football. The teenager is now hoping his switch to full-time football will payoff with a Division One scholarship.