Yale’s Coby Prather – Character Counts Presented by Indian Electric Cooperative

By Derrick Smith

Author Bill Phillips once said, “The difference between who you are and who you want to be is what you do.”

It takes more than wanting to be something you have to work for it. Cody Prather understands what it takes to be successful.

“Even though it sounds cliché, it takes a lot of hard work,” he said. “Without hard work and dedication, you will not see any growth. I can honestly say that I am where I am today because I worked for it. I didn’t get any freebies, everything I have is because I earned it.”

Coby is a senior at Yale Public Schools, where he plays running back and linebacker for the football team. He is also a member of the basketball and baseball teams.

The senior class last season were examples for Prather and the other members of the team. They helped Coby grow as a player and person.

“Being one of the only starting juniors, I looked up to the seniors,” he said. “They pushed me everyday to be the best I could be. If I had to think about any seniors in particular, three people definitely come to my mind. Jarrod Foster and his twin brother Justin, and my buddy Marco Hernandez. I know that if not for them, I would not have been able to push myself to new heights. They always set a good example in the weight room and on the field always giving one hundred percent and never settling for anything less than the best.”

The term character athlete is more than just about being a great athlete. Coby says that it is also about who you are inside.

“A character athlete is someone who not only has athleticism but is willing to help others achieve what they have,” he said. “They can keep their cool in a tough situation and can be trusted to do what their supposed to do when no one is looking. A character athlete should be someone that everyone looks up to not only in the sport but also outside of it.”

When he is not competing in sports, Prather is the President of the Beta Club, where he leads the club in doing community service around the Yale area. He is also a member of Hosa and the National Technical Honor Society.