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Gridiron Goons: 21-Year-Old Poses as a High School Senior So He Can Play on the Football Team

By / 11.05.12

Javier Jones of Mount Pleasant High School in Michigan isn’t really Javier Jones, nor is he 17 years old. He’s actually 21-year old James Nash, and he enrolled at Mount Pleasant High School after claiming he was transferring from a school in Lansing. Nash immediately tried (and succeeded) to join the football team on the first day of school, despite missing summer workouts and the first few games. The coach let him on the team and by the end of the season, he was a starting defensive back. No word on whether Nash actually went went to class or did his homework.

 

Maybe the best part of this story is that Nash would have gotten away with the entire scheme had it not been for those meddling kids and their nosy dog an anonymous parent.

Oh, those parents. Crushing dreams of older kids taking advantage of the young 'uns. Though perhaps the greatest part of this whole story is that unlike Torvald from “Hey Arnold,” the exceptionally old dude wasn't even that dominant. 

“Did he look older than he was? He looked like any other athletic senior,” McIntyre told The Associated Press. “I don't think he had any interceptions. He was not a dominant player.”

The team finished with a 4-5 record, missing the playoffs. They went 2-2 while Nash was on the team, and have surrendered the two victories by virtue of forfeiture. 

[H/T: Sports Grid, AP]


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