DITR: OL Joey Herbert Loyola Academy (Willmette, Illinois)

Joey Hebert is a standout student-athlete at Loyola Academy, where he’s making waves as part of the class of 2025. Standing tall at 6 feet 2 inches and weighing in at a solid 260 pounds, Joey’s imposing physical presence is matched only by his determination to dominate his opponents on the field. Whether it’s in his highlight reels or during game time, Joey consistently showcases his ability to overpower and outmaneuver anyone in his path, leaving a trail of “pancake blocks” behind him. Beyond his physical prowess, Joey’s tenacity and unwavering dedication contribute significantly to the team’s success, earning him a well-deserved nomination as one of the team captains. With his combination of skill, leadership, and work ethic, Joey Hebert is undoubtedly a force to be reckoned with on the football field.

What are some things you have overcome in life?

” The biggest thing I have overcome in life was getting over the grief of my grandfather who died 3 years ago. My grandfather and I were very close. He used to come to all of my sporting events including football when I was a kid and he is one of the reasons I play the sport. Knowing that he is looking over me from heaven gives me the strength to continue to compete and play the sport I love.”

What are your biggest accomplishments?

” Some of my biggest accomplishments in life are when my 12u baseball team received the #1 seed in the nationally renowned baseball tournament Cooperstown. Another major accomplishment was being a 2 time state placer in middle school wrestling and also qualifying for high school state this year. And finally winning the 8A state championship with all of my teammates this past season in football.”

What player do you compare yourself to and why?

“Zach Frazier, who is a center at West Virginia University. He has a prolific high school wrestling background and he plays the game of football with tenacity and incredible toughness. I try to emulate the way he uses his hands and leverage to overpower defenders. He always plays through the whistle and always looks to finish his opponent.”

What are your plans once you’re done with football and why?

” Growing up in a family with a strong background in law enforcement and legal practice, I’ve been inspired by their dedication to justice and public service. My relatives, who include Chicago police officers and lawyers, have instilled in me a profound sense of duty and a desire to make a positive impact on society. Therefore, I’m passionate about pursuing a career in law and aspire to become a lawyer. Studying law and practicing as a lawyer would be deeply fulfilling for me, and I am excited to pursue this path to achieve my goals.”

What are some goals you have for yourself, and your team next season?

“ My first goal is to come together as a team over the summer and grow a close bond during our long practices and lifts. My second goal is to win the CCL blue championship. My third goal is to win a third in a row 8A state championship. My personal goal is to inspire my teammates by my daily actions. My second personal goal is to keep Fitz clean every single play. My third personal goal is to open up holes in the run game wide enough that my 85 year old grandma could rush for 1000 yards.”

What do you like about the sport of football and how is it significant to you?

“ First and foremost it’s the camaraderie and relationships with my teammates and coaches. The second thing is embracing the daily grind of the sport. And lastly the physicality and challenge to be the best and imposing my will every single play on my opponents.”

What is an interesting fact about you outside of football?

” I really enjoy fishing with my dad and brother during the summer in Tomahawk Wisconsin. I am a huge Chicago White Sox fan. I also run a food review account with my teammates Declan Winger and Theo Kouilanos on instagram named @d_and_joe_eat”

What position do you enjoy playing the most and why?

“Center, I relish the role of being the quarterback of the offensive line. It’s not just about snapping the ball; it’s about orchestrating our pass protection, identifying key defensive players, and making crucial run calls. I thrive on the challenge and responsibility that comes with this position, always striving to lead and execute with precision.”

What are some ways your coaches have helped you?

” At Loyola Academy we are incredibly lucky to have so many knowledgeable, and hard-working coaches that always inspire us to be our best. As a player, going into a game knowing that we are completely prepared by our coaches allows us to play fast, physical, and assignment free.”

What colleges have you received any offers or interest from if any and what is your dream college to play for?

” I have visited and spoken with several teams from the Missouri Valley, the MAC, and the Patriot League. I have one offer and I am currently visiting several schools in the upcoming weeks. As a kid I always watched the Army Navy game with my dad and brother, since then I have always dreamed of playing for Army football.”

What makes you stand out from other players?

” What sets me apart are qualities like leadership, loyalty, unwavering determination, and resilience. These traits define my character both on and off the field, driving me to consistently strive for excellence and inspire those around me. Whether it’s leading by example during challenging times, staying committed to my team and goals, or demonstrating mental and physical toughness in the face of adversity, I always aim to make a positive impact and leave a lasting impression.”