Butler's Peoples stays driven, humble

Butler High School football star Nijere Peoples is the Student Athlete Of the Week.

MATTHEWS, N.C. -- Sometimes it pays to know you're good. Other times, staying humble drives you even further.

Nijere Peoples is a junior running back at Butler High School. With two games left in the regular season, he’s averaging seven yards a carry and already has 945 rushing yards.

“I’m blessed. I’m honored. I still can’t believe it’s happening,” he said when he learned he’d been chosen as NBC Charlotte’s Student-Athlete of the Week.

His humble attitude is pretty remarkable since he’s found himself in the end zone 17 times this season!

“I don’t see myself above anybody else. We just play as a team. We win as a team,” Peoples said.

Peoples has been a huge part of the Bulldogs 8-1 start to the season. It’s a role that he’s still adjusting to.

“Sometimes I still can't believe I score. My first two years I was on varsity, I didn’t score, so it's just still new to me,” he admitted.

Consistent dedication is the key to his success.

“I don't take plays off. Even when I’m tired, I won’t let you know I am.”

For Peoples, this year is about much more than the numbers he’s putting up on the scoreboard. He and the rest of the Butler Bulldogs have a bigger goal: their sights are set on the state championship, December 17.

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