A one-time leader on the Falcon High School gridiron is getting ready to make a splash in the National Football League. Kalen Ballage, class of ‘14, was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the fourth round of the NFL draft at the end of April.
The hard running Ballage is coming off a memorable NCAA career at Arizona State University. In his second year as a Sun Devil, Ballage tied an FBS record, scoring seven rushing touchdowns and catching one pass for a touchdown in a single game.
“As coaches, we all thought Kalen had the potential to play in the NFL,” said FHS coach and teacher Brian Green. Green said Ballage was a clear standout in middle and high school. “What made Kalen special,” Green recalled, “Was his passion for football and how much he cared for his team and teammates.”
At FHS, Ballage exploded for almost 3000 yards and more than 50 touchdowns. Green said Kalen’s current success is a formula of talent mixed with dedication.
“Knowing just how hard Kalen has worked to chase his dream to play in the NFL makes it even more exciting to see him reach that level,” said Green.
Ballage will continue that journey as the Dolphins begin workouts for the 2018 season in May.