Idabel’s Jalen Ellis – Choctaw Nation Athlete of the Month
By Chris Chandler
Jalen Ellis stands out on the football field for the Idabel Warriors. The 6’4 quarterback stands tall in the pocket and can rifle the ball downfield. He is also a dangerous runner and has surprising agility for his tall frame.
Longtime Warrior sportscaster and Idabel alumnus Chad Frazier has watched Ellis perform on the gridiron for the last three years and describes the difficulty the senior presents to opposing defenses.
“Ellis is a workhorse. If he can’t get the job done in the air, he’ll use his legs (to confound the defense). He’s a solid dual threat; Selfless and tough.”
The legs that propel him down the field also provide a boost to his big frame on the basketball court, where he is an expert shot-blocker for the Warriors. His solid defensive skills helped Idabel upset an arch-rival Broken Bow team that made it to the State Tournament his junior year.
Jalen is also a proud member of The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. The significance of his heritage and its connection with taking a place of leadership on the Warrior football team is not lost on Ellis.
“When I step on that football field or basketball court, I take pride in knowing I represent not only my family and school, but also my tribe, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. I do my best to be the best role model I can for our native youth; on the field, on the court, in the classroom and in my everyday life. I have two younger native foster brothers that look up to me, so being a positive influence to them and others is everything to me.”
Jalen Ellis carries his responsibilities and his Choctaw heritage on his shoulders in every athletic contest. Up high, where everyone can see them.