Alexandria, VA – Don’t get in Anthony Eaton’s way on the football field! The star varsity running back of the T.C. Williams Titans will run right over you. The 18-year-old has already scored three touchdowns this season and has his sights on attending a Division 1 college and ultimately playing in the National Football League. What’s his special move? He runs over defenders on the field.
“I need to put on a couple more pounds,” Eaton told The Zebra. “I need to be even more explosive, so I can really shoot through the gap when it opens up.”
Eaton, who was born and raised in Alexandria, needs to do one thing before he embarks on that journey. He has to win as a Titan. Those three touchdowns he scored this year were in the season opener against Herndon High School on Aug. 30, where he had 19 carries for 111 yards, making for a great start to the season.
Eaton’s idols are Chris Johnson, formerly the fastest running back in the NFL, and football and baseball hall of famer Bo Jackson. Why?
“Johnson because of his sheer speed and Jackson because of his ability to run over defenders,” Eaton said, adding that he has special moves of his own. “I just run people over.”
A Winning Attitude
But big games are no big deal for Eaton. Last year, for instance, in T.C. Williams’ opening game versus Osbourn Park, Eaton scored a whopping six touchdowns in one game! It’s no wonder that when asked about the top athletes in the school, the name that immediately rang out was Anthony Eaton.
Eaton, who started playing football when he was seven years old, runs the 40 yard dash in 4.45 seconds, but has also made sure to not only excel on the field. He has a 3.2 grade point average and plans to study business in college. He also runs on the T.C. varsity track team and said that there are a handful of schools interested in him so far.
“A full scholarship would be awesome. I’ve narrowed it down to two or three schools,” Eaton said, adding that his most important assets on the field are, “work ethic and speed.”