By RYAN GORMAN
A Texas high school football player whose team prevailed in a hard-fought comeback win to preserve their undefeated season gave the greatest post-game interview ever.
East View High held on 42-41 to knock off rival Vandergrift Friday night, but the thrilling victory was soon eclipsed by senior wide receiver Apollos Hester.
Hester caught one of quarterback Josh Covey's two touchdown passes to secure the win, but then became a viral star during a breathless interview with Time Warner Cable News Austin's Lauren Mickler.
She asked a wide-eyed, jacked up Hester what he thought of the comeback win.
"At first, we started slow, we started real slow," he said before kicking into overdrive.
"You know, that's alright, that's okay, because sometimes in life you're going to start slow... but we're always, always going to finish fast," professed Hester. "No matter what the score was, we're going to finish hard.
"They had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie... but it took guts, it took an attitude. That's all it takes, that's all it takes to be successful, is an attitude," Hester shouted as the grin on his face grew and the light in his eyes shined brighter.
"It's an awesome feeling, when you truly believe that you're going to be successful regardless of the situation, regardless of the scoreboard, you're going to be successful.
"If you still lose the game... win or lose, we realized that we were gonna be alright. And it was gonna be okay, and were were gonna keep smiling," he said as the camera showed Mickler nodding in agreement, in awe.
Hester then channeled legendary college basketball coach Jim Valvano's famous "never give up, don't ever give up" speech at the 1993 ESPY Awards only months before he died of cancer.
"You can do anything you put your mind to, never give up on your dreams, keep smiling no matter what you're going through. If you fall down, just get up... it's gonna be alright."
After Mickler cut back to the studio, the anchor said: "Wow... that's in the interview hall of fame."
The other anchor begged to have Hester on every single week.
"I don't know about you, but I'm ready to run through a brick wall."
Apollos Hester most certainly has a future as a motivational speaker if this whole football thing does not work out.
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