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Last season Matt Fox rushed for over 2,500 yards, leading Anderson County to the quarterfinals of the 5A playoffs.

He was following in the footsteps of another Mavericks running back who also wore number 43. His dad Shannon.

Those rockets propel Matt Fox to a pretty quick time in the 40-yard dash.

"Not official but on a stopwatch I've ran a 4.32," Fox said. "But actual official, I've got about a mid-4.4."

But Dad's got him beat there.

"I was told I ran a 4.27," said Shannon Fox.

Shannon spent every Friday night last fall in the stands.

"I never miss a game," Shannon said.

Watching as Matt tore up defenses and rewrote the Mavericks record books.

"It's an amazing thing to think I used to run up and down that field and here he is just completely blowing away anything I ever did," said Shannon.

Shannon played running back in the mid-80s, during the early days of Anderson County High School, and wore number 43.

"I just was fond of the number," he said, "and no one had it and the fact that they told me it wasn't generally a running back number, I thought great that's me."

"I saw that number and just kind of took the role of him," said Matt.

Football runs in the family.

Shannon's dad and uncle were teammates at Whitehaven in Memphis.

Mark Fox went on to play for Bobby Dodd and Georgia Tech and Dr. Gary Hankins played at Arkansas State.

Now Matt has a chance to play at the next level.

"We've been contacted by 72 different colleges with interest," Shannon said.

"He's so proud," Matt said, "he's blown away, he loves watching me run the ball, he tells me he's so grateful to have a son like me and it really makes me proud to do what I do and it just motivates me."

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