• Centennial’s Kyle Perry signed a letter of intent Dec. 20 to play football at the United State Military Academy at West Point. Seated with Perry are his father CJ Perry and mother Leslie Perry. Standing are, from left, Centennial principal Jimmy Neal, Burleson ISD Superintendent Dr. Bret Jimerson and Centenial football coach Kyle Geller. BURLESON STAR/RICKY MOORE

Centennial’s Perry headed to West Point

Kyle Perry is much more than just another student-athlete.

According to Centennial football coach the senior is a giver who has made an impact on so many lives.

Last Wednesday morning before Perry signed his papers making it official that he would attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, Geller talked about how special Perry is as a person.

“This room is packed for a reason,” Geller said. “And it’s not because he’s a three-time all-district player or all-Johnson County or played on a district title team or never missed the playoffs as a player here or he’s academic all-state. All those personal accolades are not why you are here. Everyone is here because Kyle is a giver. All of you have been touched by Kyle in some way.”

Perry said that once West Point came into the picture he knew he couldn’t pass up the opportunity. Not only will Perry have the chance to football for a storied program, he will also be commissioned as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation.

“I knew I couldn’t mess up if I chose to go to West Point,” said Perry, who has been a three-year starter at guard for the Spartans. Perry plans to make the military his career.

But Perry is more than just a solid football player.

“He’s a great teammate.” Geller said.

It was Perry who arranged for Brayden Bingham to score a touchdown following the Spartans final regular season game against Joshua. Perry also works with Partners in PE class at Centennial and the 4-H Program. Partners in PE pairs students with disabilities with their non-disabled peers for daily interaction.

“Caring about others is a big part of my life.” Perry said. “I think that you receive more if you give first. Once you put your teammates in front of yourself, you are able to do a lot more both on and off the field because you don’t want to upset the man that you are protecting behind you or that you are playing beside. Whenever you play for somebody else, it heightens your ability.”

Geller said Perry’s legacy at Centennial will be that he was a great teammate and he was a giver.

“Kyle will be the first student from Centennial to attend West Point,” Geller said. “That’s pretty dang special.”

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