Kalvin King

Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences senior Kalvin King split time at quarterback last season and expects to be a key player for the Cyclones in the upcoming winter/spring season. (Review file photo)

Chicago H.S. for Agricultural Sciences

King is a 5’9”, 170-pound senior quarterback for the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) football team. A Beverly resident and Barnard Elementary School graduate, King has been on the CHSAS varsity for the last three seasons. He plans to play football in college.

What did you think of football being moved to winter/spring?

“Going from fall to the winter and spring, I love it. I really like it. I actually prefer that time, so we’ll go with what we have. Hopefully, we’ll get the season in. We’re staying positive.”

You’re a fan of playing in potentially cold weather?

“I grew up liking playing in the cold weather. It’s just one of those things for me. Football is supposed to be played in the cold. If you don’t like it, you’re not a real football player.”

How was it practicing this summer during the pandemic?

“We practiced for a couple weeks, and we were always outside. We were wearing masks all the time and staying six feet apart. It was difficult, but you get through it. It all worked out. You start to get used to it those first couple days. Wearing the masks, it’s something you need to do.”

CHSAS has made the state playoffs the last three seasons, the first playoff appearances in program history. What’s the potential this year?

“This team has so much potential. I believe this is the year we can get that playoff win. That’s the focus. We have a great chemistry, and we’re all connected.”

How have you handled being a senior with a young group?

“The seniors last year, I learned a lot from playing with them. You learn how to be a leader, so I’m trying to carry that on this year and keep moving.”

Binge a TV show or play video games?

“Video games. I’ve got an Xbox and Playstation 4. I play ‘Call of Duty,’ but ‘Madden’ is my game. I get it every year. I’ve been playing that forever. My favorite year was 2005 on the Playstation 2. I grew up playing it, and I love the graphics and the animation. It felt more authentic.”

Who’s your go-to team on Madden?

“I’ll mess around with the Bears, but my team is the Houston Texans. The Deshaun Watson to DeAndre Hopkins connection, that hook-up is amazing.”

Are you a big football fan in general?

“I don’t have a favorite team, but I root for the Bears because they’re my hometown team. I love watching football. With college football, I have three favorite teams, Clemson, because of Deshaun Watson, Memphis, because of their aerial playing style, and Louisville because of Lamar Jackson.”

Who’s the starting quarterback for the Bears?

“I’ll say Mitch Trubisky. You can’t just push him to the side yet. He hasn’t lived up to expectations yet, but he knows the team. See what he does, and if he doesn’t play well, then replace him with Nick Foles.”

What’s your go-to pizza place?

“I’m going to get some backlash for this, but Pizza Hut. I love their pizza. It’s just good, their cheese, sauce and crust. I love their crust. I usually pick a cheese pizza, but I’ll do a sausage pizza, maybe a ‘Meat Lovers’ pizza, too.”

What kind of movies do you like?

“Comedy and action. I leave romantic movies to my sisters. I like the Marvel movies, ‘Fast and Furious,’ any action. I really like the ‘Bad Boys’ movies. Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are always good together.”

Who’s the funniest guy on the football team?

“I’m pretty funny myself, but I’ll say John Foertsch and Damarco Cummings. John’s probably the funniest.”

What’s your walk-up song?

“I’ve got two. ‘Can’t Hold Us,’ by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, and ‘Make Way for the King,’ by Ohana Bam.”

Who’s your celebrity crush?

“I’ll say Meagan Good. She’s beautiful.”

Are you a big social media fan?

“Not really. I’ll post stuff or go to social media for a laugh, but I try and stay away. There’s too much drama, and that’s not good for me.”

Have you always been a quarterback?

“Not always, I grew up playing with the Dolton Bears. I played safety, wide receiver and running back. I didn’t play for a couple years, but then at CHSAS the coaches asked what position I’d played. I said I’d play QB.”

How’d you handle splitting time at QB last year?

“It was kind of difficult, but it was for the team. It’s not just me. It helped the team in general. The team was doing its job, and we were all working toward getting the W.”

Kalvin with a ‘K’ instead of a ‘C,’ any reason?

“It’s a family connection. I’m the second youngest of six brothers and sisters. All our names start with a K.”