Petaluma sixth-grader Jadon Bosarge interviews Jim Harbaugh
Published: Wednesday, January 30, 2013 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 7:18 a.m.
Not many 12-year-olds will reminisce, while watching Sunday's Super Bowl, about having used an NFL press pass to interview 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh.
Jadon Bosarge, kid reporter, will.
A sixth-grader at Petaluma's Corona Creek School, Jadon already has achieved considerable success in two careers. He's a professional model -- for Gymboree, Gap Kids, North Face, Raley's, Invisalign braces and Honda. But the modest, 82-pound 4-foot-9er is most excited about what he's done as a volunteer sports reporter.
Wild about football, Jadon has interviewed players, coaches and others in the game and written stories for publications that include a widely read newspaper and website produced by the Sonoma-based Kid Scoop.
"Some of the stories are about players. Some are about the gear. Some are about the game," the scribe said from an east Petaluma home shared by his Alabama-reared parents, Felicia and Austin, and brother Jaret, 8.
"I just love football."
Jadon's biggest scoop to date came during a family trip to the South last Thanksgiving. He wanted to cover the Nov. 25 Niners-Saints game in New Orleans and his dad, an attorney who grew up near Mobile and played football at Georgia Tech, was happy to oblige.
Jadon's position as a reporter for Kid Scoop entitled him to a full-privileges press pass to the game. He wrote play-by-play from a glassed-in seat high up in a Mercedes-Benz Superdome press box.
After the game, he accompanied the rest of the press corps down to the locker rooms. He grabbed a few comments from Saints free safety Malcolm Jenkins and came close to popping a question to Niners quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who'd thrown for 231 yards in his second start with the team.
"I saw Frank Gore in the background, in an interview with NFL Network," Jadon said.
He'd moved to a small room just outside the visiting team's locker room when a woman, presumably surprised to see a kid wearing a press pass, asked him if he was a reporter.
"I said 'yes,' " Jadon recounted, "and she said she might have someone I wanted to meet."
It turned out she was Sarah Harbaugh. She stepped away and then delivered her husband, the 49ers coach, to the pint-sized correspondent from Petaluma.
"At first, I felt like my heart was in my throat," Jadon confessed. But he took a breath, held up the microphone to his recorder and queried Harbaugh about the game.
The coach was responsive, which the kid credits to the fact that his Niners had just won, 31-21.
Jadon notes in the story that he was most interested in learning about the man and his motivation. He wrote in his story for Kid Scoop News:
When I asked him about who inspired him to play football, he quickly replied, "My dad and my brother." (That will be the brother that he will be competing against in the biggest football game of the year -- the Super Bowl!) He then went on to share others that inspired him like good coaches and teachers. He mentioned his college coach Bo Schembechler, Mike Ditka and his 3rd grade teacher, Sister Agnes.
Jadon doesn't watch much TV, but he'll be glued to the set for Harbaugh's big game Sunday. The kid's prediction: "I think the 49ers are going to win, personally."
If there's anything the budding news writer likes more than watching and writing football, it's playing. He earned an Academic All-American award this past season for his performance on and off the field with the Petaluma Panthers.
Jadon's long-range plans include finishing grade school and eventually being admitted to the University of Alabama, he hopes on a football scholarship. He expects to study to become a print or broadcast sports journalist.
Interrupting himself, he said, "I would put my career on hold if I got drafted into the NFL."
You can reach Staff Writer Chris Smith at 521-5211 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read Jadon's story:
Getting to Know the Super Bowl Coach
By JADON G. BOSARGE
After a recent away game for the 49ers, I stood outside their locker room while the team loaded onto the bus. Being an inquisitive 11 year old who's a fan and journalist, I watched everybody and everything. While waiting, I struck up a conversation with an attractive blonde. When she found out I was a reporter, she said she would ask Jim to answer a few of my questions. It ended up that the “Jim” she was talking about was the 49ers Head Coach Jim Harbaugh, and she was his wife - Sarah Harbaugh. That day it paid for me to be an outgoing, kid reporter!
I quickly grabbed my camera and recorder. I was ready when Coach Harbaugh walked up and shook my hand. I could feel my heart in my throat as I forced out my introduction. He balanced out my nerves with his calm and relaxed demeanor.
We talked a bit about the game the team had just played, but I really wanted to know more about the man himself and his love for the game. When I asked him about who inspired him to play football, he quickly replied, “My dad and my brother.” (The brother that he will competing against in the biggest football game of the year – the Super Bowl)! He then went on to share others that inspired him like good coaches and teachers. He mentioned his college coach Bo Schembechler, Mike Ditka and his 3rd grade teacher, Sister Agnes. “Other than my dad and my brother, there are all of those I consider a favorite coach or teacher. Everyone has at least one of those in their life.”
Coach Harbaugh and I then talked about the game of football. He commented, “Football to me is the best game ever invented. It works every muscle in your body and it makes you sleep really good at night. It takes a lot of courage to play football because there's contact - getting hit or hitting somebody. I think it's the greatest sport out there. There are a lot of different positions for all, where different body types can excel at football. You just gotta find your niche.” I think Coach Harbaugh, his dad, and brother – all found their niche! Football fans around the world will be cheering for this family at this year's Super Bowl – “Go Harbaughs”!!!
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