In his words
We asked boys' Athlete of the Year Andrew Brewer to describe what high school sports meant to him:
In my eyes, being given the chance to be a high school athlete was a blessing. It was a blessing that I took proudly and I tried to do the most with that opportunity. Unfortunately most kids don't realize what an amazing chance it is. They don't take it to heart. They don't make it their No. 1 concern. But I, like few others, took it and ran with it. (Sometimes literally with a football or baton in my hand.) It was a blast and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I made sacrifices throughout my high school career. It was not going on that summer vacation because it would ruin my training for football, or not eating all that food while watching the Super Bowl because I had to watch my weight. If I was asked to go back and make those decisions again, I would not stray from the path which I took before. Although the other side of that fence looks good and can sometimes be fun, it is a mere shadow in the accolades in which the pure side of the fence produces. Even with my dedication, and focused determination, I still fell short at times. This is when the special people in my life stepped in and put me back on the horse. Without them I would never have made it to where I am as an athlete or a person today. My role models, Dr. Keith Pogue, Grant Brewer, Patrick Brewer, and Billy Brewer, thanks for showing me the way. Philippians 4:13 says, "I can do all things through Him who gives me strength." God gave me strength in my weakest hours, so I must first thank Him. From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank all of the important contributors to my success. Those people range from my family to special people in the community. Also I thank the River Rats, may we live on forever. To the last group, remember, WE ARE BLOOD ... WE ARE BROTHERS ...
EDITOR'S NOTE: Brewer was The News-Gazette Area Football Player of the Year after leading Mahomet-Seymour in rushing (2,365 yards) and scoring (34 touchdowns). He was the Class 2A 171-pound state champion in wrestling, finishing in a tie for sixth on the school list for career wins (138). In track, he was an all-stater for helping the 1,600-meter relay place at state and ranks third on M-S' all-time performance list in the 300 intermediate hurdles (40.43).