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Fort Knox -- Run Derek, Run
by Gavin LaPaille, Gold Standard Sports Editor
The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | April 18, 2014
Former Fort Knox High School football player Derek Homer received a simple message from his mother during his playing days: if you get the ball, you better run. While Homer’s mom didn’t know much about football, her advice set the foundation for her son’s football career.
Homer played for the Eagles from 92-96, leaving as the state of Kentucky’s all-time leader in rushing yards with 8,224 and winning Kentucky’s Mr. Football award in 1996. His high school career recently came full circle, with the announcement Homer will be enshrined as part of the 27th class into the Dawahares/KHSAA Hall of Fame later this month.
Not a bad accomplishment for a kid who never considered himself more than the average military brat.
“I was very excited and appreciative of the nomination,” Homer said. “It’s a pretty high honor. It gave me the chance to reflect on the events of my high school career to where I am now and sit back and think about the great people I’ve been around.”
The nomination certainly has its merit, as Homer is one of the most productive running backs in state history. In addition to the yardage record, Homer totaled 112 touchdowns, good enough for third all-time, including 43 trips to the end zone his senior year. He left Fort Knox as a two-time first team All-State selection and nearly led the Eagles to a state championship, finishing runner-up in ’96.