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Steen set for his next challenge

Panthers’ quarterback heading to U.S. Naval Academy

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Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2018 12:00 am

Permian’s Steve Steen hasn’t backed down from any challenge thrown his way.

His parents taught him to have a competitive nature, guiding him to put his heart and soul into everything he does. Steen doesn’t know any other way.

Plenty of West Texas residents over the past two football seasons got to see Steen lead the Panthers on the gridiron as the team’s quarterback.

While the accolades Steen picked up while wearing No. 25 for Permian are nothing to scoff at, he’s also worked just as hard off the field. From his top class standing, its clear Steen spent just as much time reading flashcards and textbooks as he did playbooks or opposing defenses.

Steen said it’s always nice to get recognized for off the field stuff because his studies come first, another lesson his parents, Steven and Lisa, also taught him.

Steen also took a lesson from Permian coach Thad Fortune as to how he managed to lead Permian to the area round of the playoffs in 2017 and have such a high GPA.

He said Fortune told him that there’s only so much time in a day, so you have to choose what to dedicate yourself to because you can’t do everything. Steen took that to heart and focused on his schoolwork and football.

He got to show those skills not only at Permian, but at Reagan Elementary School and Bonham Junior High School.

“Living in a football town like we have, getting to play in front of thousands of fans isn’t something you get everywhere for sure,” Steen said about his time at Permian.

Steen’s accomplishments on the field got the attention of a few Division I schools, but he ultimately decided to commit to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.

He was interested in attending a service academy long before the offers starting rolling in after former Permian teammate Jax Welch took a visit to West Point (Army).

Steen doesn’t have an exact plan as to how he wants to use his time outside of football at Navy, but said that he has aspirations to try infantry in the Marines and major in economics.

“I think it will be a huge learning curve when I get there,” Steen said. “I’ve told several people that the thing I’m most excited about is the military aspect.”

While attending Navy, Md. Steen will focus on academics, football and the military.

Steen said he likes academics and football because it’s all about how smart and athletic you are respectively. The military aspect is different because it’s a combination of the two, he said.

Being recognized as a scholar athlete is something familiar to the Steens. Steve’s older sister, Avery, was also recognized in 2016 for the same honor.

“Me and my sister have always been pretty close and pretty similar,” Steen said. “I think she was always a little better in the classroom, but really similar in our work ethic and our athletics.”

As Steen transitions to the level of play of Division I football, as well as the time needed to keep up his studies, he’ll stay with what worked at Permian — dedication and plenty of skill.

“I think the thing I’m most excited about is the new adventure,” Steen said. “Playing DI football, it’s literally a dream come true.”

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