Broken Bow’s John Tomlinson – Athlete Spotlight Presented by Huber Engineered Woods
By Chris Chandler
John Tomlinson is a big reason the Broken Bow Savage football team’s offense has produced some impressive numbers against good defenses this season. A very big reason. Tomlinson stands 6 feet 5 inches tall and weighs in at 270 pounds, but is surprisingly quick for a big man. He is one of the few returning starters on a team that graduated 22 seniors last year.
Tomlinson is a competitor. Despite having earned a starting spot at offensive tackle last season, he still put in a level of effort during the week as if he were fighting to to get onto the first team offensive line. Glennis Ring, head football coach at Broken Bow, succinctly describes Tomlinson’s work ethic:. “Tomlinson works hard in practice for us.”
Tomlinson is a great worker but also has a well-developed sense of humor. He jokingly goes by the nickname “Satch” and describes his alma mater as “Dierks Street” in the introduction of the starting lineup for the Varsity Network’s broadcast of Broken Bow football. He is very serious when it comes to competing, however.
“My favorite game so far is last year against (2018 4A State Champion) Tuttle. It’s my favorite because it was the best versus the best.”
“Satch” has played football for six years. It’s his favorite sport, and if he could play football for any team, he would choose the University of Oklahoma. Tomlinson is fond of the Oklahoma campus. “I love Norman."
John takes pride in being on the offensive line and revels in the basics. “The most fun part of the game is beating the man across from you.”
Tomlinson spent the lockdown last spring listening to music and working out to stay in shape for the return of football season. The game he looks forward to the most is the regular season finale when his Broken Bow Savages host the defending 4A state champion Poteau Pirates. Savage fans will be looking to see the big senior matched up against one of the state’s best defenses. He’ll be hard to miss.