By: Avery Booth
Missouri Western junior defensive back Corner Sam Webb was last week’s MIAA Player of the week for his two interceptions and a forced fumble against Washburn University, and he had another pick versus Missouri Southern.
Webb is from Kansas City, Missouri, but moved to Excelsior Springs in the fifth grade and played high school football for the Tigers.
Webb was all-state at Excelsior Springs High and had four interceptions on defense his senior year and 12 touchdown catches.
Webb wasn’t only a football player in high school, as he also played basketball and ran track.
“In basketball, I was the center because I was tall and had the most ups on the team,” Webb said.
Webb wasn’t just a defensive back on the football field in high school. They moved him around and allowed him to play other positions.
“I got moved around from running back to safety, cornerback, to slot receiver. I came from a 4A school, so I played a lot of positions in high school,” Webb said.
Playing multiple sports and having different positions on the football field helped Webb become an all-around better athlete and understand his role on the field.
“Sam has a really long frame for a corner and his size and athleticism just make him a great player. He had raw talent, but his work ethic is what got him into a starting role. With the size and talent of wide receivers in this league it’s important to have a guy that’s as big and athletic as Sam is,” said head coach Matt Williamson.
Webb didn’t really idolize anyone when he was growing up, but when he got his mindset on playing football in college, he started paying more attention to bigger corners.
“When I realized I wanted to play football in college, I started watching corners who were bigger, because I was a bigger corner, so I watched Xavier Rhodes, Jalen Ramsey and I watched Deion Sanders – not because he was a big guy, but because he was the GOAT,” Webb said.
Webb only has one more year at Missouri Western. Webb’s major is recreational sports management, but he doesn’t believe he is done playing football.
“I want to continue to play football as long as I can, but my other plan after school is to use my major to become an athletic director or run a community center,” Webb said.
Webb redshirted his freshman year and has played in 22 games since then. With one year left, Webb is reflecting on his time left as a Griffon.
“Missouri Western is a place that gives you opportunity as long as you take advantage of it. I have been here for four years now. As long as you take the steps you need to and be responsible, Missouri Western will get you to where you want to go,” Webb said.
Webb snagged another interception – his third in two weeks – against the Missouri Southern Lions in a 43-34 homecoming victory by the Griffons on Saturday at Spratt Stadium.