A Texas high school football player has become an overnight celebrity thanks to an unforgettable postgame interview that would make Richard Sherman smile.
Apollos Hester, a wide receiver who plays for the East View Patriots in Georgetown, Texas, gave an amazing answer to the question, "What were you guys able to do to come back and win this thing?"
Fresh off of a thrilling 42-41 win over Vandegrift High School, Hester had a lot to say. Here's an excerpt:
"Yeah, they had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie, they had us. We weren't defeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude—that's all it takes. That's all it takes to be successful is an attitude. And that's what our coach told us. He said, 'Hey, it's gonna be tough. It's gonna be tough. It's gonna be hard. You're gonna go out there, you're gonna battle, you're gonna fight, you're gonna do it for one another. Do it for each other, you're gonna do it for yourself, you're gonna do it for us, and you're gonna go out with this win.' And we believed that, we truly did. And it's an awesome feeling."
The video has exploded in popularity, with 1 million views in a matter of days. Even reporter Lauren Mickler didn't realize how fast it would spread:
Not quite, but I did have a feeling people would love him RT @mikeywoj Such a great interview. Did you ever think it'd blow up like it did?
— Lauren Mickler (@LaurenMickler) September 22, 2014
Hester seems to have enjoyed the popularity. A 6-foot senior with a 4.5 40-yard-dash, Hester has been retweeting dozens of fans' reactions to his interview. While it's unclear how many Twitter followers he had before the video went viral, as of Monday morning he stood at nearly 12,000. Not bad for a high schooler.