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Jacob Russell

Football Dreams Coming True AT UGA For Coop’s Russell

Football dreams coming true
at UGA for Coop’s Russell

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Cooperstown’s Jacob Russell is pictured on the sidelines for University of Georgia in 2020.

Cooperstown Central School graduate Jacob Russell said he spent the spring of 2019 on campus at Harvard University pondering his future and realizing he did not want a traditional path.

What he really wanted to do, he admited to himself, was coach football.

“I was probably the last person in the world someone from Cooperstown thought would end up a football coach,” he said Monday, April 26.

For one thing, Russell hadn’t played football since elementary school.In high school, Russell ran cross country, wrestled and played tennis. He did crew in college and has run the Boston Marathon twice. Still, despite his athleticism, he knew he did not have a good chance to play football. He topped out in the 120 pound weight class as a wrestler during his senior year at CCS in 2015.

“Evcr since second grade, I was a football fanatic,” he said. “I guess I realized I was too small to ever be a football player. It was kind of a pie-in-the-sky thing to be a coach, but if I wanted to work in football it seemed much more realistic for me to be a football coach than a football player at my size.”

Russell said he was considering his options during spring break in 2019. He was staying on campus for break and decided he should go for it if he wanted to pursue a career in football.

“I was trying to decide if I wanted to go to law school or if I wanted to get a job in finance on Wall Street, you know, sort of the more typical Harvard paths,” he said. “I decided I didn’t really want to do either of those things. What I really wanted to do was coach football.

Andrew M. Blum, 89; Man Of Many Friends

IN APPRECIATION

Andrew M. Blum, 89;

Man Of Many Friends

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Andy Blum

COOPERSTOWN – A mentor to young people, Andy Blum invited Cooperstown’s Jacob Russell to lunch at The Brook, the exclusive social club on East 54th Street.

Henry Kissinger walked in. “I thought, ‘Wow, Henry Kissinger’,” said Jacob.

The room was filled with Wall Street bigwigs, including Tom Hill, the Blackstone vice chairman.

“They didn’t go up to Kissinger to kiss his ring,” said Russell.  “They went up to Andy to kiss HIS ring.”

HOW SWEET IT IS! Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey Among Top 30% Boston Marathon Finishers

HOW SWEET IT IS!

Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey Among

Top 30% Boston Marathon Finishers

Jacob Russell flashes a grin at Patrick Dewey’s sister, Sarah, who snapped this photo Monday as Boston Marathon participants ran by.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta

COOPERSTOWN – Patrick Dewey knew just how to help Jacob Russell get up the Boston Marathon’s infamous Heartbreak Hill, the half-mile uphill stretch just past the 20-mile mark.

“He was humming Led Zepplin’s ‘Heartbreaker’, appropriately,” said Russell. “It really gave me encouragement. It was a challenge, but it’s not as bad as the Sleeping Lion!”

The pair, who have been racing together since 2012, completed their first Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15, finishing fifth among wheelchair-racing duos with a time of 3:28:53.

“It’s our best marathon time yet,” Jacob said. “And for it to be the one we’ve been working for all these years is really fantastic.”

THEY’RE OFF!: Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey In Boston Marathon

THEY’RE OFF!

Jacob Russell, Patrick Dewey In Boston Marathon

Pals since their days at Cooperstown Central, Jacob Russell, left, and Patrick Dewey are on the move at this hour, competing in the 2019 Boston Marathon. Judy Steiner Grin of Fly Creek, inset, took and photo and had her photo taken with a banner she prepared to let Jacob and Patrick that fans from their hometown were on hand.  The team have surpassed their fundraising goal of $10,000, which will benefit Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang camp for seriously ill children, in Ashford, Conn.  Jacob is graduating in May from Harvard, and Patrick from Edinboro in Pennsylvania.

Cooperstown Jacob Russell Serves As Page At Republican Convention

Cooperstown’s Jacob Russell Serves

As Page At Republican Convention

Jacob Russell, Cooperstown, a page at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which opened today joins, from left, State Chairman Ed Cox, Erie County Chairman Nick Langworthy and Tony Casale, Cooperstown, the retired Assemblyman on the convention floor in the Quicken Loans Center. Russell, a CCS grad, has just completed his freshman year at Harvard.
Jacob Russell, Cooperstown, a page at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, which opened today, joins, from left, State Chairman Ed Cox, Erie County Chairman Nick Langworthy and Tony Casale, Cooperstown, the retired Assemblyman, on the convention floor in the Quicken Loans Center. Russell, a CCS grad, has just completed his freshman year at Harvard.
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