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Game of the Week: Family, football atmosphere at Providence

Reported by: Gary Detman
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Updated: 10/19/2013 12:23 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The rally officially started at 2 p.m. sharp, but the gym at the Providence School had a game-time feel to it well in advance.

The entire football team sat at one end. It was standing room only in the bleachers on either end of the floor.

Cheerleaders did flips and spins on the basketball court, all to entertain a packed house to see the U.S. Army honor offensive lineman David Sharpe.

[Slideshow: Pep Rally at Providence School]

The 6-foot-7, 300 pound offensive lineman is known as "Sharpe City" by his teammates.

"The man's about as big as a city," said offensive line coach Kevin Womble.

Sharpe is being recognized as one of the nation's top 400 senior football players by being named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Andrew Luck and Adrian Peterson both made their national debuts as U.S. Army All-Americans.

"It's great to be in the same category as those great players," said Sharpe, who is ranked as the No. 1 offensive lineman in Florida and No. 2 in the country by 247 Sports. ESPN named Sharpe the nation's 12th-best prospect.

But on this Friday night, Sharpe is just thinking about Episcopal and being in the spotlight as the Friday Night Blitz Game of the Week.

"It's going to be crazy, packed house tonight.  I can't wait for it," said David. "Everybody is just excited about it."

His head coach says he's been a standout on campus.

"Extremely proud of David. He's come a long way not just as a football player but as a student and a young man. All coaches would tell you we love the wins and love what they do on Friday nights, but our goal is to make these guys better men by the time that they leave here and David has just done a tremendous job in the classroom and maturing on and off the field and we're more proud of him for that than anything else," said his head coach Bobby Raulerson.

It's a journey that could've gone in another direction. His father told Action News his son came to Providence to play basketball. As father and son turned to leave the school, the coach ran out to strike up a conversation about football. The rest is history.

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