Jenks’ Kobe Tucker – Character Counts Presented by BancFirst Jenks

By Derrick Smith

Some athletes do not see success as a goal, but instead they see it as something to continually work for. Kobe Tucker says that he and his Jenks high school football teammates have given so much to get where they are, but they are not satisfied with just that. 

“It has taken everything my teammates and I have to get to the point where we are,” he said. “But it will take much more to get to the point that we want to be. At Jenks, you are surrounded by some of the most hard working people you will ever meet, and it’s great to go out every day and give your all along with your teammates.”

Kobe is a senior at Jenks, where he is also a part of the wrestling team. On the football field, he plays outside linebacker. Football is nothing new to Tucker, who began playing in the third grade.

There are many people that Tucker could look up to as role models. One of the biggest is someone he knows well. “One of my biggest role models in life is my dad,” Kobe said. “His hard work ethic in everything that he does and his care for his family is admirable.  I hope that when I have a family, I can be like him. Another one of the biggest role models is Kobe Bryant. I grew up playing basketball, and his killer instinct and work ethic inspires me.”

Being given the title of Character Athlete is something that gives Kobe the confidence that he is doing the right things. “It means that I have left a good influence on many people around me. And that is a goal that I have for my life.”

He has sat through many classes at Jenks, but Tucker says that the favorite teacher he had was during his sophomore year. “Mr. Hubble, my history teacher, would have to be my favorite,” he said. “I have always thought of history as sort of a boring subject in school, but he made it fun to learn about history.  He taught me to take a different approach to learning, and it has really left an impact on me throughout my school years.”