Carl Albert’s Dadrion Taylor – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda



By Derrick Smith

It takes a special kind of person to be a character athlete. And Dadrion Taylor knows what it takes.

“It means to be humble and taking care of business off the field,” he said. “You have to show a great example for the younger ones and show the community who you are.”

Taylor is a senior at Carl Albert High School, where he is a member of the football, basketball, and track teams. Dadrion’s final football season could not have ended any better. His team went undefeated through the season and playoffs, eventually defeating Ardmore 17-10 in the Class 5A State Championship game. He also brought home some hardware to go with the championship.

“I won All-State Offensive Player of the Year at running back,” he said. “I was also named Paycom Jim Thorpe High School Player of the Year.”

The goal for all athletes is to be successful in their sport, but that success is not something that is just given to you.

“It takes a lot of late nights and early morning work at the gym,” Dadrion said. “I have also spent time on the field trying to master my craft.”

There have been many influences in Dadrion’s life throughout the years but two guys have made a big impact on him.

“Eric Thomas is a very humble man,” Taylor said. “He didn’t come from much and built a legacy. Ray Lewis is a good example of a Christian athlete.”

Closer to home, Taylor says that a teacher at Carl Albert taught him a few life lessons.

“Tex Rollins, my history teacher, taught me to never run from work,” he said.

Outside of athletics, Dadrion is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was recently named FCA All-State. Dadrion has some advice for the younger athletes coming up behind him and how they can be successful.

“Learn how to be a leader and not a follower,” he said. “The opportunities you see other people get will come if you put the work in. You don’t have to be the best on the field but if you work harder than the next man, every players eyes will be on you. God created you to be the best you not the second Jordan.”

Taylor will be continuing his sport at the collegiate level, playing football at Texas Tech University in the fall.