Football Foundation honors two Whitney football players

Thaddeus Cox and Jake Rodrigues scholar athletes
By: Staff Report
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Two players from Whitney High School’s outstanding football program will be honored by the National Football Foundation/College Hall of Fame for both their athletic and scholastic achievement. Thaddeus Cox and Jake Rodrigues were selected among 69 nominations to join 34 other scholar-athletes from the Sacramento area for the honor. The banquet held in recognition of these football standouts will be March 9 at the Sacramento Elks Club on Riverside. The Wildcats’ J.D. Hirsch was also among the list of nominees. The keynote speaker is Ricky Ray of the Canadian Football League; Channel 40’s Jim Crandell will MC the event. The Sacramento chapter of the NFF/CHF was founded by Rowland “Red” Smith over 20 years ago. Rodrigues played quarterback for the Wildcats and had the club headed toward the Sac-Joaquin Section Championship before breaking his leg in the quarter-final game. He was Capital Athletic League MVP, Offensive MVP, and holds all the school’s passing records. Rodrigues is now at the University of Oregon where he will play football on scholarship. Cox earned extensive honors as a lineman for Whitney and is a math tutor as well. He has been first team All League in the CAL, and the school’s Lineman of the Year. He also played in the Sacramento Blitz All Star Game. He plans to attend college in Oregon and play football for the Linfield Wildcats this fall. “I plan to study applied physics,” said Cox, who is attending Linfield on an academic scholarship. With one semester remaining at Whitney, Cox is competing in track. He plans to compete in shot put and long jump.