This year, the Olympia High School football team will be starting with a new quarterback on the field — junior Juan Gainous. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, Gainous is excited for the opportunity to start with the team and is looking forward to a successful season ahead.
How long have you been playing football?
Since I was 5 years old.
It gets me excited, it has a different atmosphere, I love it. It’s the energy that comes with it. Everyone wakes up on Friday morning, knowing that there’s a football game going on somewhere.
How did you get into football?
My dad put me in it when I was young. He used to play when he was younger.
Have you tried playing other positions besides quarterback?
Yes, when I was younger, I used to play linebacker.
What is your favorite thing about being quarterback?
I feel like I can control the game better; I am more of a game controller. So, I have more of the game in my hands when I play quarterback.
How do you feel about being the starting quarterback for the Titans this year?
I’m excited. I am ready to put myself out there and show my talent.
What do you think football has taught you not only on the field but also in life?
Just to be a man. To be more masculine. Treat people with respect, treat people how you like to be treated. Mostly life lessons.
What is your favorite thing about being a part of the Olympia High School football team?
The brotherhood (that we have). Everybody loves each other. Everybody forces each other to get better.
Do you have a favorite drill during practice that you enjoy doing?
That would be the quarterback drill.
What is your favorite movie?
“Scary Movie” — it’s just fun.
Who is your favorite superhero? Why?
Batman. I don’t know, I kind of like that he has two different personalities; it’s just like me. I am a different person on the football field than I am (when I’m not on the field).
If you could have a superpower, which one would it be and why?
Probably fly, because there is too much traffic everywhere, so it’d be nice to fly somewhere.
What is a TV series that you are watching right now? Why?
“All American.” I don’t know, I just like it.
What is your favorite dessert?
I’m Cuban, so flan. I eat (all flavors), I don’t care.
What’s your favorite food?
Pizza. I like pepperoni pizza, I like it classic.
What are three things on your bucket list?
I want to graduate high school with a 3.5 unweighted GPA, I want to get into school by qualifying academically, and I just want to be a good man. I would like to make money, I don’t care how I make it; I just want to make money.
Three things you would take with you to a deserted island?
I guess a knife to cut things, a fire starter and probably a tent.
What was the best thing you did this past summer?
I went to the Cayman Islands to see my godfather. I was just with my family all the time, so (spending time) with people I hadn’t seen in a long time.
Where would you like to go to college?
I would like to go to Florida State University.
Have you thought about what’d you like to study when you get to college?
I would like to study sports medicine.