The Eastlake Wolves football team’s offense has one of the most prolific players in the KingCo 4A Conference returning to the starting lineup in 2017.
Eastlake senior wide receiver/defensive back Hank Pladson, who earned KingCo 4A first-team all-league honors as a junior in 2016, will be Eastlake starting quarterback Connor Brown’s No. 1 target this fall. Pladson isn’t the most vocal player, and instead prefers to let his actions do the talking.
“I do what I have to do and just be myself. That is what I do to lead the team. I just go out there and play,” Pladson said.
Pladson thoroughly enjoys the coaching style of Wolves’ head coach Don Bartel. Bartel is a staunch disciplinarian while simultaneously caring immensely about his players.
“It is awesome. It is all you can ask for. You can go to him anytime you have questions and he is willing to answer them. When you get on the practice field, he is pushing you to do the best you can do. He just makes you push that much harder. It is awesome,” Pladson said with a smile.
Recently, the Issaquah Reporter had an opportunity to ask Pladson a few questions about his life away from the gridiron.
Issaquah Reporter: What is your favorite movie of all time?
Hank Pladson: “Step Brothers.” It is a classic. You can watch it over and over again. It is so funny.
IR: What is your favorite restaurant in Sammamish?
HP: The Sammamish Cafe. They got great eggs Benedict.
IR: Who is your pick to win the World Series this fall?
HP: I’m going to go with the Minnesota Twins. They are pulling out a good season. I think they are going to come and get it.
IR: If you could pick one person to go to dinner with, who would it be?
HP: John F. Kennedy. I read about him. He sounds like an awesome guy.
IR: What is something unique about you that nobody would know?
HP: My real name is Aaron. Hank is not in my name at all. I got the name Hank from my dad when I was 2, and that’s all I have been known by since. Half the [Eastlake football] team doesn’t know that.
IR: Where do you see yourself in five years?
HP: Hopefully I will be playing college football for four years and then I would like to work in finance.