Rutland’s Keyundre Whisby’s working toward greatness

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – One thing you can’t teach is heart and determination. Just ask Rutland right tackle and offensive lineman Keyundre Whisby.

He’s in the 10th grade, he’s 6-foot-7, 330 pounds and guess what? He’s only played one year of football his entire life, and that was this past season.

“I used to watch a lot of NFL when I was younger,” said Whisby. “So, when I was younger, I used to see them boys hit on there, so it inspired me to play.”

Now, Keyundre’s willing to put in the hard work to become great at it.

In fact, in just one year, he’s accomplished so many things that he can’t even believe it.

“I was shocked myself,” he said. “I made it to the Macon Touchdown Club. Got a couple of awards. Got player of the weeks. It’s still shocking to me because it’s only my first year playing.”

Yeah, he’s accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, but he still considers himself an underdog.

And you know what? It’s motivated him to go even harder.

“It gets me pumped up because I come out of nowhere. You know what I’m saying? So, I don’t expect anybody to know me yet. I’m in the 10th grade, but I’m coming up there. Reaching the top.”

And the top seems like a sure thing because what he’s done after just one year is scary.

“It’s only going up from here,” he said. “It’s no going back down. Everything that I do, I work hard.”

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Montezz Allen joined 41NBC as a sports reporter in 2019. He was born and raised on the West Side of Detroit, Michigan, but spent seven years in Chicago, Illinois. While there, he worked as a Sports Anchor at NCTV17, a Sports/News Reporter at Urban Broadcast Media and an Assistant Producer at WBBM-AM Newsradio — the No. 1-ranked news radio station in Chicago. He also made frequent guest appearances on WCIU's "The Jam" and The D & Davis Sports Radio Show at "670 The Score." He graduated from Oakland University — located in Rochester, Mich. — where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism in 2012 and then earned a Master of Arts from DePaul University in Chicago in 2014. He's the first person out of his immediate family to achieve the feat of earning a college degree — let alone two of them. He's extremely proud of that. Tezz has a strong love for the game of basketball. He played most of his life. It's his passion. He admits that he's a Kobe Bryant fan and believes the "Black Mamba" is the second greatest player of ALL TIME, hands down. In his spare time, Montezz loves to workout, travel, shop for the latest fashion and spend time with his family. Tezz is excited to be in Middle Georgia, and is looking to tell the best sports stories he possibly can. Don't hesitate to hit him up at mallen@41nbc.com.