Justin Baxley (21) is an assistant editor at Youngspeak. He is a junior at Mercer University, majoring in journalism and criminal justice with a minor in napping. He is the sports editor at The Mercer Cluster and occasionally edits things.
Baxley was born with a golf club in his hand, and his love of sports grew from there. At the age of 5, he won his first golf tournament and received the greatest trophy known to man, a box of Krispy Kreme donuts. His favorite golfers are Tiger Woods and Payne Stewart. It was the first real “team” or “individuals” that he ever rooted for. The day Payne Stewart died was like someone in his family had been taken from him.
Around the age of 3 or 4, he discovered the Atlanta Braves and the Dallas Cowboys. His love for football and baseball became more of a passion. He had memorized the stats of every Brave and knew the starting lineup and rotation by heart. Maddox, John Rocker and Chipper Jones were his heroes on the diamond. On the football field, Troy Aikmen, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin inspired his love for the game of football.
Baxley became a die-hard Georgia Bulldogs fan around that time as his grandfather attended the school and passed on his love for the Red and Black. David Greene, J.T Wall, Fred Gibson and Boss Bailey quickly became some of his favorites. College football is his favorite of all the sports, but he covers everything from football to tennis.
Basketball became one of his newest loves when he discovered bracket making in the sixth grade. Since then, Baxley reached the top 100 on ESPN after correctly predicting the elite eight and an entire region. Sam Dekker is still the worst person on the planet for ruining his bracket in the Final Four. Lebron James is his favorite basketball player.
While he loves all sports, Baxley has only played in the backyard or school yard. He gave up the game of golf at 7 out of boredom and tried to pick it up years later, but it was never the same. Despite being the greatest athlete of his generation, his kind heart stopped him from dominating everyone in everything. Instead, he has committed his life to covering those who showcase their skills. He also speaks fluent sarcasm which is what that whole paragraph was. Or was it? The world may never know or care for that matter. No, he really is an awful athlete.
In his spare time, you can find him playing video games, listening to music, spending time with family (they keep him grounded), hanging out with friends (they keep him entertained). He plays all sports titles from FIFA to Madden. Video games allow him to get his athletic fix without leaving the comfort of his couch. Because who doesn’t love eating Doritos and winning Super Bowls? Most of his time is spent reading all the articles on ESPN and watching the talking heads bicker. He hopes to one day be one of those talking heads as his dream job is to be a co-host on First Take. He is willing to bring his podcast co-host Hayes Rule along for the ride if necessary.
All in all, Justin is just a regular, everyday college kid who lives and breathes sports. Follow him on Twitter for commentary on Mercer sports and now more national sports stories since joining the Youngspeak team.
“I wish I could play Little League now. I’d be way better than before.”
– Mitch Hedberg
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