High School Football is a Family Affair

AUGUST 29, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CDT

JONESBORO, AR -- The Jonesboro Hurricanes and the Nettleton Raiders: Two high school football teams both in the same city. They opened their season at ASU's Indian Stadium Tuesday night and officially kicked off the start of high school football season.

But for the Cook family, this game wasn't only a tradition within the city; the game of football is a family affair. Danny Cook and his son, Grant, #72 for the Hurricanes, have much in common. Danny played for ASU in the late 70's. His son, Grant, will soon take his game to the next level as well. He has verbally committed to play for Arkansas. Like father like son, football is in their blood.

"This is his time. It's fun to sit in the stand and watch, but I think it's harder to watch than it was to play though," says Danny Cook, a former Indian.

He says this is a bittersweet time, not only for their family, but for all the team as well.

"It's a great group of guys that have been playing together since they were in the 6th grade. The families have kind of grown up together; we've made a lot of road trips together, not only in football, but in basketball and stuff," says Cook.

Danny Cook, #67 when he played for the Indians played offensive line. The same position his son plays for Jonesboro. While Dad doesn't play any more, he hopes he can still help his son be a better player both on the field and off. He says he feels the best thing he can offer his son is advice for the transition from high school football to college.

"I try to tell him what's going to happen at different stages in his career and maybe help prepare him for things that somebody that didn't go and play in college is not prepared to know. He's at the top of the pole right now, but next year he goes back to the bottom again," says Cook.

But as for now, he says it's all about this game and continuing this in-town rivalry.

"This is not a normal high school atmosphere I wouldn't think. When you have a city this big and everyone's pulling together for one night. It's kind of great to have the tailgate party and the bands and stuff," says Cook.