Fall Sports Football

Leadership Wears Number 66

By Zach Elders and Sam Jordan


Leadership is something that society is constantly looking for.  The dictionary definition of “leadership” is rather lengthy and wordy, but can be summed up as “organizing a group of people to achieve a common goal.”  In order to be a great leader, you need to know what you can do in the position you’re given, and you have to possess the ability to relay that to those looking for your direction and instruction.


Hamilton Varsity Football coach Chad Miller likes to call on linebacker Tate Knapp to be the leader on defense for the Hawkeyes.  Tate’s performances throughout his high school career have earned him this position of leadership for the Hawkeye defense.  His leadership and presence is felt on the football field every day at practice, and especially on Friday nights when he throws on jersey number 66.  Tate sets the example for not only those on the varsity team, but for everyone within the football program.  Fellow varsity linebacker Steven Redder describes Tate as, “A great leader and a guy I look up to.  He’s the type of player you want to be like.  And ultimately, he’s just a fun guy to hang around with.”


With Tate being the profile football player for this week, the CHS football reporters decided to discover more about Hamilton’s defensive commander.


Q: What are some of your favorite moments from this year so far?

A: Beating Hastings and team camp was pretty sweet.


Q: How would you describe your football career at Hamilton?

A: I’d say my career at Hamilton has been pretty good.  Football has been one of my favorite things about high school.


Q: What will you miss most about Hamilton football?

A: The fact that the team is like a second family, and how the community supports us so much.


Q: What is something unique about yourself?

A: I like to listen to old school rap.


Q: What is your favorite thing/activity to do outside of football?

A: Anything outdoors.  I really like to snowboard in the winter.


In addition to playing football, Tate wrestles for the Hawkeyes in the winter, and he pole vaults for the track team in the spring.