Dangerous Gator

Gators star Best awaiting offers

Central Kings Gators standout Ben Best proved in 2012 that he’s a dangerous threat on the field.

Ben Best:

Running Back, Cornerback, Fullback, Linebacker

5’8, 165 lbs

Central Kings Gators (high school:  NSSAFFL)
Valley Bulldogs (Nova Scotia Indoor Spring League)


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This past season, Ben excelled on the high school stage while playing for the Central Kings Gators of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL).  For his exceptional play, the Gators running back was selected as the league’s Scotia Division Rookie of the Year as well as a second team All-Star at the running back position.

Those are not the only honours Ben has received in his career.  Among the other honours he has received include team Offensive MVP, team MVP and Player’s Choice Award.

Ben began his football career in 2008 with the Valley Bulldogs minor football program.  The Nova Scotia standout has continued to play for the organization, including this past spring with the varsity team that competed in the Nova Scotia Indoor Spring League.

Overall, there are two moments that are the highlights of Ben’s career thus far.

“Winning rookie of the league and scoring my first touchdown are the most memorable moments of my career,” explains Ben.

There are many individuals who’ve been key influences in Ben’s life on and off the field.

“In life, my parents and my brother are my influences,” comments the Gators running back.  “In football, my coach Larry Preistnall and previous coach Reg Ogilvie as well as the older players that I know have been influences.”

While he still has two years of high school left, Ben already has thoughts of what he would like to pursue academically and career wise in the future.

“I plan to get into the trades for refrigeration after getting a business degree from university,” says the Nova Scotia standout.

At this point, Ben is unsure of where he will attend university or play football beyond high school.

“I am unsure of my school choice because it all depends if I get offers or if I pursue it if I do not get an offer,” adds Ben.

No matter how the future unfolds for the Gators running back, he will utilize what he has learned from the game in order to be successful in all aspects of life.

“I’ve realized that sports can’t get you everywhere,” comments Ben.  “You have to have a plan and it teaches you that no man’s mentality is left behind.”

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