COLUMBUS, Ohio — When they emerge from the New Albany huddle during a game, you might become confused. #71 and #60 are typical numbers an offensive lineman would wear. But the men wearing those numbers for the Eagles do not fit the offensive lineman profile.
Aaron and Anthony Jimenez are twin brothers who both stand 5 feet, 5 inches tall. Against most opponents they give up a half a foot in height to their competitors on the defensive line.
“All these guys are like twice my size and I’m beating them up, and some of them are going to play D-I college football, and I’m just you know here, playing the game….loving the game,” said Aaron.
Anthony added, “No excuses, positive juice, and relentless effort, and we just follow that every single day and it’s helped us so far.”
But they’re on the field for a reason. They’re tenacious and focused. It starts at home.
Aaron, Anthony and their younger brother live with their mother in New Albany. The twin brothers keep part-time jobs, one at Firehouse Subs, and the other, at a local movie theater to support the family, and their mom.
“She’s really proud of our progress throughout these past couple years because being a single mom is hard,” said Aaron.
Anthony also said, “It’s definitely been very special to her, she knows that we’re setting an example for our little brother and she’s very proud of us knowing that everything we do is because of what she’s done for us.”
In whatever free time they have left, they volunteer with New Albany Special Olympics.
And their work on the football field is being noticed. The Eagles will play Massillon Perry Friday night in the Division II Region Finals. It’s one of the best football seasons in the school’s history.