Athlete Spotlight: Austin High’s Landon Rambo
By Michael Sudhalter
It’s fitting that Landon Rambo would say his favorite type of movie is action.
And yes, the Austin High senior wide receiver still gets some good-natured ribbing from people.
“They’ll ask, ‘is that really your last name’, and I’ll say ‘what’s the point of me lying about my last name’?”
The 17-year-old Rambo’s action requires far fewer special effects, but he’s still just as exciting every time he takes the field.
Last Thursday, Rambo caught three passes for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Bulldogs’ season opener, a 24-14 loss at Klein Forest. Last season, Rambo caught 17 passes for 325 yards and two touchdowns.
He said Austin is ready to bounce back when they visit Katy Seven Lakes at 7 p.m. Saturday.
How did you get started playing wide receiver, and what do you like about it?
“I was a quarterback until middle school, and I was one of the best at catching the ball. I love playing receiver. It gives me the opportunity to make my quarterback look good?”
Austin won its first playoff game in school history last fall when the team defeated Clear Springs. What did that mean to you?
“It was very special to the team. It was a milestone, and now, we have to create new goals and reach for bigger things. We’re going to have to come together as a team. We lost a lot of great players last year. We should do big things this year.”
You were selected as one of five captains on the team. Tell me about that.
“It’s a great honor. The team is looking to me for leadership, so I get to play that role of leading the team.”
Who’s your favorite college football team?
“Alabama. My dad is originally from Mobile, Ala. I’ve never seen a game in Tuscaloosa, but I’ve been to Baton Rouge when they’ve played LSU.”
Football’s the only sport you play for the school, but do you enjoy any others?
“I like golf, and I enjoy golfing with my dad at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land and Tour 18 in Houston.”
What do you plan on studying in college?
“Some type of Business, along with physical training. I’d like to become a personal trainer or physical therapist.”
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