Before the 2016 football season, Central Catholic senior running back Michael Warren said he wasn’t even aware of Ohio’s Mr. Football award.
The honor — since 1987 bestowed annually by the Associated Press to the state’s top high school football player — wasn’t even on his radar.
At least not until he started to hear his name mentioned as a possible candidate for the award.
Three months, 2,740 rushing yards, 45 touchdowns, and 13 wins later, Warren is Ohio’s 2016 Mr. Football.
The 5-foot-10, 210-pound University of Toledo commit received three first-place votes and 23 voting points from a seven-member statewide media panel composed of representatives from each of Ohio’s seven all-district panels.