Apache Swiss-Army-knife athlete finds fit at TLU


All year long, Seth Gibson was Gonzales’ Swiss Army knife athlete. Whether it was playing safety for the football team, being called late in the season to run plays on offense as the lead back, playing baseball or even tackling the track and field season, Gibson did it all, fitting wherever coaches need him. Last week, Gibson found another spot where he will fit in — Texas Lutheran University.

In front of family and friends at Two Rivers Church, Gibson officially signed his letter of intent to play football for the TLU Bulldogs over in Seguin.

“It’s a dream come true,” Gibson said. “Football started to become big for me here in the recent years, the thing to get away and take my mind off of everything else. To get to play for another four years, that’s pretty awesome to hear.”

Gibson believes TLU is the right fit for him when it comes to culture, distance, and many other factors he took into consideration when choosing a college.

“The people that were there were all so friendly and Christian-like,” Gibson noted. “It was just really cool to be around the culture they have there.”

The ultimate teammate, coaches rave about Gibson’s willingness to do anything for the team. He started out on the defensive side this football season, but later transitioned to running back after injuries depleted what used to be a stacked committee of ball carriers.

“Seth has always been a kid that’s done everything asked of him,” former Gonzales Athletic Director Kodi Krane said of the future Bulldog. “He maximizes his talent with his dedication. He’s a great kid, position leader, influencer and role model. He will have a lot of success in anything he does.”

Gibson stepped in at running back in the bi-district round of playoffs last November against Kingsville King where he scored four touchdowns while running for nearly 200 yards. Gibson also added an interception to the stat box that night.

“Seth has the ability to play high safety, low safety, bulk up and play linebacker,” Crane added. “That tells you he has high football IQ and regular IQ.”

Gibson played defensive back, running back and even returned punts for the Apaches. When asked where TLU sees him, the multi-talented athlete

“I don’t even know if they know for sure,” Gibson admitted. “They asked me what I wanted to do and I really didn’t have a straight answer for them, I just kind of told them, ‘it’s wherever y’all need.’”

That didn’t surprise Crane, who said that Gibson will probably create some tough conversations amongst the coaching staff when figuring out where to place him on the field.

“There’s going to be some fights amongst position coaches on who will use him,” Crane said.

When asked for advice, Gibson pointed at his dedication to hard work as a factor for going from undersized football player to becoming a college athlete.

“Just keep putting in hard work each and every day,” he said. “I wasn’t much of a football athlete my freshman year. Through the years I pushed myself harder each and every day. It has results, so long as you stay consistent with it. Just don’t give up on that dream, keep telling yourself you can do it, it’s possible, no matter how big you are or how small you are.”

Earlier in the school year, Gibson was named to the District 15-4ADI first team on defense and was honorably mentioned on defensive in the Texas Sports Writers Association Class 4A All-State football team.

Gibson expects to major in kinesiology, eventually wanting to use his degree to become a physical therapist.