A senior from Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School District 233 is one of only two high school football players from the state of Illinois to be selected for this year’s Under Armour All-American Football Game. Justin Hall, a 5’11” senior who plays both offensive and defensive positions on H-F’s Varsity Viking football team, will play in this year’s All-American game, set for Thursday, Jan. 4, at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla.; it will be televised live on the ESPN2 network.
The formal announcement that Hall had been selected to the 100-student-athlete roster was made at Homewood-Flossmoor on Thursday, Oct. 12, as part of American Family Insurance Selection Tour. In front of a gathering of his teammates, parents, coaches, administrators and teachers in the school’s fieldhouse, Hall was introduced by representatives from Under Armour and American Family Insurance, as he revealed his honorary All-American game jersey. Hall is the first All-American to be selected from Homewood-Flossmoor, an honor he has earned, says his principal.
“What a deserving young man Justin is,” says Dr. Jerry Lee Anderson, Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School principal. “You’ve probably seen him on the football field, but if you meet him in person, you will understand what I mean. Justin is a dynamic young man, who is talented yet humble, driven and compassionate.”
Hall, who has committed to play football next year at Northern Illinois University, was honored at the District 233 Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
His head coach, Craig Buzea, H-F Physical Education teacher, says that Hall exemplifies what it means to be an All-American.
"Justin's individual on-field accolades speak for themselves; however, he has never put himself in front of the team's success, and he is constantly motivating others to elevate their game," says Buzea. "As every top-tier athlete in any sport does, Justin makes all the players on our team better just by his presence and his incredible work ethic and spirit."