Fifty years from now, some guys in their late 60s named Eugene Wells, Ronald Green, Shaquille Preston and Jamal Veazey will likely come back to Metairie for the East Jefferson High School Class of 2014 class reunion.
They’ll sit around and reminisce about the good ole days, especially their magical senior season.
There will be plenty of stories to share.
Veazey will be in all of them.
He plays football, basketball, baseball and runs track for the Warriors.
“He’s got to be the best athlete in the school,” said East Jefferson baseball coach Brent Whittington. “Defensive back, shooting guard, throws the javelin and our leadoff hitter and shortstop. He is the leader of the team. He is an awesome kid. I wish I had 20 kids like him. I’m going to miss him.”
Sometimes either this weekend or next, Veazey’s career at EJ will finally come to an end.
Boy, has it been a senior year to remember.
He starred at safety on the football team, helping EJ win the Class 4A state championship in December.
In March, he helped the basketball team reach the state title game.
On Saturday, he’ll throw the javelin at the LHSAA state track and field meet in Baton Rouge.
A day before that, he’ll try to help the baseball team extend it season as it chases its first title since 1978.
He did his part Tuesday as the Warriors beat Karr 6-5 in the regional round of the 4A playoffs.
Veazey went 2-for-4 with two RBIs to help end Karr’s season.
It’s not the first time he has helped end the Cougars’ season.
Flashback to December in the Superdome when East Jefferson was holding on to a 31-28 lead over Karr with just three minutes left in the championship game. That’s when Veazey made one of, if not the biggest play in EJ football history. He picked off a pass and sprinted 30 yards for a touchdown to seal East Jefferson’s first football title.
He also helped the EJ baseball team give Karr its only other loss of the year during the regular season. And he beat them twice in basketball.
It is all part of what has been a nonstop last nine months for the guy folks around EJ call “Bob”, a nickname he earned because he loved bobcats and his favorite NFL player is Bob Sanders.
“It’s pretty tough,” he said about his hectic schedule. “But it keeps me busy and keeps me out of the streets. I have been doing it for four years, so it’s nothing new.”
It’s actually been a bit easier since he made it to high school.
He played five sports (add soccer to the list) from sixth through the eighth grade.
The toughest part of it all?
“Just making sure you take care of your body,” he said. “That’s the most important part.”
Well, that, and balancing his books and sports.
“It’s always books first,” he said. “I have a 3.25 gpa. My mom started that when I was young. If I didn’t keep my grades up, I wasn’t going to play sports.”
He grew up playing sports at Mike Miley Playground in Metairie. His first love was football, and it’s still the sport he likes the most.
But he says he is best at football and baseball. He plans to walk on and play both at Grambling.
But first, there is at least one more baseball game and one more track meet for him to compete.
“It’s really starting to sink in now, especially at school,” he said. “I’m just glad that all the teams are having the year they are having. I will always remember that state championship in football and just the way all the sports here were on the rise this season. I think it’s well-deserved. We’ve worked hard at all of them.”
Yep, he has.