Elgin’s Jon Calvert – Character Counts Presented by Arvest Bank

By Derrick Smith

A character athlete is more than just a title. It is someone that goes above and beyond to be an example to their peers, both on and off the field of play. Jon Clavert knows what it takes to claim that title. 

“To be called a character athlete, it means doing the right thing and always being a leader; not always verbally but by leading from the front. Just doing everything u can to help your teammates and peers.”

Calvert is a senior at Elgin High School, where he plays football and baseball. He can play a wide variety of positions on the gridiron, including receiver, fullback, linebacker, and safety. Jon says he has been playing football as long as he has been able to. 

“I have played football since the first day I could enroll in my youth pee wee football organization.”

He would not be where he is today without the people that have always been there for Jon. 

“My biggest influences would have to be my mom and dad,” he said. “Seeing how much time and effort they have put into me and coming to almost every football game to support me is great.”

Jon’s favorite teacher is actually a group of people that have supported and helped him to become the player he is today. 

“My favorite teachers would have to be my football coaches,” he said. “They have seen us at our lows and our highs and have never failed to lose their interest or effort. They have taught me the tools it takes to get through life and succeed. For me to be in the shoes that I am now took effort and learning as much as I can from coaches and teammates, and maybe getting blown up by a few seniors on the way here.”