FRANKLIN – Earlier this month, Ravenwood High School’s Brenden Dickinson stopped to help a teammate with a flat tire on his way from practice.
The do-all senior on the Raptors football team was the first to pull over and didn’t hesitate in helping someone in need. That kind of mentality has also made him a leader on the Ravenwood football team.
“He’s a servant at heart,” Raptors head football coach Will Hester said. “It’s never about what’s best for him, but it’s about what’s best for the team as a whole.
“Pulling over to change that tire without any regard for himself, that’s the epitome of what Brenden does, he just considers others before himself.”
Dickinson was selected as the latest Herff Jones Heart of the Team weekly winner for his dedication to his teammates and willingness to do whatever it takes for his team to find success. Herff Jones has partnered with the Williamson Herald to highlight players like Dickinson who help lead their teams to success by being exceptional teammates and oftentimes doing more than what shows up in the stat sheets.
In addition to the recognition, Dickinson will be featured on a live broadcast on WAKM from Tamale Joe’s in Franklin on Monday at 6 p.m.
Dickinson, a hybrid fullback of sorts, paced Ravenwood in the receiving game in a 21-16 Battle of the Woods win at Brentwood Friday. He collected four balls for 30 yards and also continued to shine as a blocker for the Raptors’ ground game that has amassed more than 1,100 yards rushing this year.
“I feel lucky to have enough athletic ability to play many different positions, so I try to do whatever I can to help the team,” Dickinson said. “I love just being able to help where I can, whether that’s out in the slot, on defense, whatever I can do to help our team be successful.”
Hester said he turned to Dickinson right away when he made his return to Ravenwood in January. The senior was one of a handful of players selected to the team’s player council as well.
“That means his teammates trust him,” said Hester, who has plugged Dickinson all over the field. The senior punts, fills in at outside linebacker and is a lead blocker in both the running and passing game.
“He does it all, really,” Hester said. “It’s not a glamorous position at times, but he’s a big piece of this team.”
Dickinson, a 6-foot-1, 190-pounder, said his approach to the game all starts with hard work. He was edged out of the starting quarterback position last year but used his knowledge of the offense to help make an impact elsewhere. He’s continued to do so this season.
“Hard work in anything you do, whether it’s in the classroom, in the weight room or on the field, it all comes down to hard work,” Dickinson said. “I think there’s plenty of guys out there more athletic than me, but I always try to be the hardest worker in anything I do.
“From a wide lens, that alone helps the team. Whether you work hard to get that block, or run that route, if all 11 guys do the same, that’s where great success can happen. I think we are on the right track.”
Ravenwood, which sits at 4-1 overall and 2-0 in Region 7-6A, travels to Hendersonville Friday before heading for a showdown with Summit in Week 7.
“I think we are in a good spot and I feel good about the team atmosphere,” Dickinson said. “We have some things to clean up, but I think we have improved and we’ll keep working.”