Glen Rose offensive lineman Gage Williams doesn’t have to look too far to find the blueprint for success.
The 5-foot-11, 225-pound senior is the grandson of Ray Murski, Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame and Texas Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame member, avid football fan, military veteran and owner of Dallas-based Murski-Breeding Sales Co., Inc., one of America's largest and most successful sporting goods manufacturers' sales groups.
Murski died at age 72 on Dec. 19, 2011 in a car accident while on his way home from a deer hunt.
“He was such an influence on me. He made everyone happy. He was a great guy all around,” Williams said. “To see him work from my age to where we was, it’s something that I want. I want to be something and have a name for myself when I grow up.”
In the short time with his grandfather, Williams learned the importance of hard work, being kind to people and setting high goals.
“He’s been a big role model,” Williams said. “I looked up to him, and I think he made a pretty big impact on my life throughout the years I was with him.”
Eventually, Williams, who plans on attending Texas Tech after graduation, wants to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and work in the sporting goods industry. If that doesn’t work out, he wants to be a firefighter or athletic trainer.
For now, however, Williams is setting his sights on his senior season for the Tigers. He played left guard last season and this year he is moving to center, the same position his grandfather played while he was in the Army.
“I’ve never been more ready for anything,” he said. “I’m pumped up beyond belief. Since the seventh grade, I’ve said in our senior year we’re going to state and win the state championship. That’s my mindset.”
Last year, the Tigers finished 8-5, won the district title and went three rounds deep into the Class 4A playoffs. Now that the Tigers got a taste of success under Cliff Watkins in his first season coaching them, Williams is looking for more.
“I want a state ring. I want a state title. I want the town of Glen Rose to be proud of us because we accomplished something more than what we could have imagined,” Williams said. “That is our one goal — to win state as a football team, and I really think we have a shot with the talent of the kids on our team.”
The Tigers opened practice Monday in preparation for the season opener Sept. 1 at Grandview.
The Tigers will have an intrasquad game beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday at Tiger Stadium.
Glen Rose will host Gatesville in the first preseason scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 18., and the final scrimmage is set for Thursday, Aug. 24, at Waco La Vega.
“This is my last year and I’m trying to make the most of it and to see what we have from the work we have had from seventh grade until now,” Williams said. “I’m ready to see where it all comes together and get something big.”