After playing his freshman year, Holliday's Tray Henderson wasn't sure if he was good enough to play football. He explains, "My freshman year I played, and I was just like I don't think I'm good enough and big enough to do it, So my sophomore year I took off to run cross country and get fit, and I worked out a lot, and finally my junior year, I decided I was going to play football and now I'm here and I guess it worked out good!"
Good, indeed! Tray earned All-State honors his senior year. And now he's one of two Holliday athletes to play in the 2017 Oil Bowl.
"I think it's fun, because I grew up with most of the kids. So it's going to be fun to play with the kids that aren't from my school. Back when we were little we always played together. So it's kind of fun to get back to playing with them when we're older and bigger and a lot stronger and can actually hit harder and stuff."
Tray's story of hard work isn't the only thing that makes his story unique. He's overcome a couple of injuries, but not your average athlete injuries.
"I did get bit by a donkey my sophomore year..I was at a friends house and we were just having fun riding donkeys, and I fell off, and got up, and the donkey attacked me, I don't know! It just bit my leg!" He continues, "Other than that, I've gotten ran over by bulls or calves when I work at the ranch last summer...hard life!"
A multi-sport athlete, Tray is ready to close out his athletic career at the Oil Bowl, "I'm ready to start getting into working life, start being on my own and pay for everything. It's not going to be too bad, I don't think. I'm still going to come watch because I'm not going to be too far, so I think it'll be alright!"