Josh Taylor is a protector on the football field for Broadway High School as an all-state lineman. In the classroom, he's trying to protect his community with a 3.95 GPA.
He says playing football is mostly about playing the game he loves with the people he loves.
“Just the whole family, the whole football family being together. It's my favorite sports. It's the best thing you can do,” said Josh Taylor.
His coach says his passion shows on the field.
“He's just a great role model for the kids in our program. He's an outstanding student in the classroom. He does a lot of great stuff for us on the football field, and is also a great community leader,” said Josh's coach Brad Lutz.
Josh earned all-state honors in 2011 for football. His hard work carries over into the community where he is training to become a firefighter at Massanutten Technical Center.
“With my dad being a firefighter, I've just always been around it, and I just enjoy helping people. My teachers just pushed me to do the best I can, and so do my teammates,” said Josh.
His participation and care is clear to his teachers.
“He's actively participating in all the skills we do. He's the type of student you don't have to ask or remind to do anything. If he sees something that needs to be done, he does it,” said his teacher Jolene Powel.
Josh plans on continuing his firefighter training after he graduates.
“After graduation, I plan on going to Jefferson College of Health Science's and getting my paramedic, and fire science degree. Then hopefully, coming back here and be a firefighter and paramedic,” said Josh.
Josh's passion on the field and hard work in the community is why he's WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week.