HS Q&A: Getting to know Brackenridge’s Edson Ortiz
Brackenridge senior Edson Ortiz has returned to the football field after missing last season with an ACL injury.
Ortiz leads District 13-5A-I in rushing with 545 yards on 52 carries. His four touchdowns have come from 44, 49, 52 and 65 yards.
Ortiz is also a forward on the Eagles’ soccer team. He recovered from his knee injury in time to play soccer his junior season, earning second-team all-district honors.
Ortiz also excels in the classroom. He is ranked No. 6 in his class and has a 4.1 grade point average. In the spring, he won the Harvard Book Award, which honors about 2,000 students worldwide each year based on their academic achievement.
E-N: You have returned to football after getting an ACL injury, were you apprehensive about the season?
“I was reluctant, a little bit, and a little bit nervous. But, my doctor and my physical trainer helped me through the whole process of coming back with the confidence that I really needed for this year.”
E-N: You’ve come back with some strong performances, is that reluctance behind you now?
“I can say that reluctance is behind me. With the help of my teammates and my coaches, I’m ready to move forward.”
E-N: What was the toughest part about not playing football last year?
“Watching and knowing that I couldn’t be out there helping. But, I knew what my goal was, and I knew what I needed to do to get back.”
E-N: You were able to get back on the field playing soccer last spring, what was it like to know you could do that again?
“Knowing I could run and perform on the field was an amazing feeling. It’s something I had not felt in a while. It felt amazing to be part of a team again.”
E-N: You started off as a soccer player, how did you get into football?
“I was in middle school in Poteet. Over there, the choices for sports were limited. It was football or basketball, and I took my chances with football. I went into football not knowing a single thing my seventh-grade year and here I am.”
E-N: You aren’t the typical soccer/football player. You aren’t a kicker, you are a running back. Do you think you break a mold with that stereotype?
“I don’t think there really is that stereotype. I think it points to the athleticism (of soccer players), and that’s a credit to my coaches in both sports. They are training me not to be a certain type of player, but an athlete.”
E-N: When you found about what the Harvard Book Award was and you won, how did you feel about that?
“It was a great honor. All the work I put into it and all the support I’ve received and going on and living up to the standards of my parents and the standards of my coaches and school, knowing that all that went into this achievement made me feel great.
E-N: How tough is it to balance the academics with the athletics?
“It is a challenge, but my coaches, my parents and my support group help me all the time. It’s a credit to them. They give us the tools we need to strive. They set high expectations for us and help us through that.”
E-N: How difficult is it to maintain your high class ranking?
“It’s tough, but it’s been instilled in me by my parents to strive for excellence. It gets difficult as the years get going, but it’s worthwhile.”
E-N: How has that mindset helped you on the playing field?
“On the playing field, you have to strive to do your best. And not only do your best, but do your best very well all the time. That will help not only yourself, but your team.”
E-N: How do you think that will help you as you move on past high school?
“Having that mindset instilled into you now is definitely better having to find it out later.”