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T.C. Roberson soccer player earns starting spot on football team

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T.C. Roberson senior Adam Porter has only been kicking a year. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

A reliable kicker can be tough to find. It’s the same story at every level of the game, including high school.

"It’s very valuable to have somebody that can be accurate when you need them to be accurate," Roberson football coach JD Dinwiddie said.

At T.C. Roberson, senior Adam Porter is their guy.

"I’m a kicker," he said. "I definitely get better everyday. Everyday I train, I get better."

He's come a long way.

"The first tryouts, I think I missed the first seven. They were all wide left," Porter said.

Watching him out on the field now, it's hard to believe he's only been kicking a year.

"He picked it up really nice," Dinwiddie said.

It came naturally to him, after all he's played soccer his whole life.

"I play defense." Porter said. "I’ve been playing since I was two."

Growing up in England and living in Spain, he didn't have much of a choice.

"My whole family has played it. My dad played it. His dad played it, as well," Porter said.

It's in his blood.

"I just love the thrill of playing soccer," he said.

He soon realized those skills could be used on another field.

His football coach saw the same thing.

"He comes out with us on Thursday's and does all the kicking duties with us, and it’s worked out really well," Dinwiddie said.

It's a lot of work for a 17-year-old.

"One sport takes a lot of commitment. Two takes a tremendous amount of commitment, but I know Adam's the type of kid who just takes it in stride," Dinwiddie added.

"Even on weekends, I’m out here playing soccer [and] football. I have very limited social time," Porter said.

So far, though, Porter hasn't looked back.

Each day he is grateful to be playing two sports he now loves, and he's already looking forward to what the future holds.

"I want to play football in college. That’s my dream," he said. "I think, ever since I first stepped foot, it was like, I want to do this for a long time now."

In addition to playing football and soccer in the fall, Porter also swims in the winter and runs track in the spring for T.C. Roberson.

Oh, and he also does triathlons. He's already received one offer for that from a college in Tennessee.

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