Port St. Joe is a small town in Gulf County, but for athletics, it's a hot bed of talent. The school has 24 State Championships in various sports, and the community's most recently been on the map of two stand-out athletes, Roman Quinn, who's making headlines as a top Phillies prospect, and Calvin Pryor, who could be a first round draft pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The two are actually good friends, and both are looking to leave their mark on St. Joe.
For former Port St. Joe football stand-out Calvin Pryor, getting to play college football at Louisville was a dream come true.
"It was definitely a huge step in the right direction and going up there with Coach Strong, who gave me the best opportunity to play early," said Pryor. "It was an awesome feeling and a great experience and I feel like coming out of high school, I made the right decision by going up there."
The Cardinals liked having him on defense as well, as Pryor amassed over 200 tackles and had seven interceptions in his career. But Pryor isn't the only former Shark making a name for himself. Quinn graduated the same year as Pryor, and the two, even teammates on the basketball court.
"We knew since little kids what we wanted to do and what we wanted to achieve in life," said Pryor. "Just talking with Roman, it's just all memories you know? We knew we would get to this point. It just takes hard work and dedication and staying out of trouble and doing the right things at all times."
With that dedication comes the admiration of the community, something Pryor says he embraces with pride.
"When they look up to us they'll know it's not easy, but we have to do the right things and we have to put in extra work in order to get there," said Pryor. "Me and Roman try to talk to those guys all the time when we have a chance to tell them do the right thing and you'll be there one day."
One day, waiting to hear their name on the big stage come May.