Kons Looks Forward to Buckling on Falcon Helmet One Final Time
By Ron Richards, www.armedforcesbowl.com
It doesn't matter that Jason Kons has been here before. When he pulls his No.75 Air Force jersey over his head for Saturday's Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, it will be a very special moment for the 6-4, 260-pound offensive lineman.
The senior from Germantown, Wis., says he has been fortunate to have spent his collegiate career on the campus north of Colorado Springs.
"It has been a really special experience to have been to a bowl game each season I have played," he said. "There aren't many guys who play college football who can say that. I've gotten spoiled. It's really something to look forward to coming back to and being a part of the Armed Forces Bowl in my last game. It's a great way to end my football career at the Academy."
Playing major college football for the Falcons is a challenge in more ways than one. Most games find Kons and his mates on the offensive line looking at a 30-40 pound size disadvantage. Somehow, the Falcons consistently find a way to overcome the challenge.
"You know, mentally, that you aren't going to be bigger than the guy you will face every week and you just have to 'knuckle up and show up' every game," he said. "Physically, we often can't beat them head up so we are forced to use our speed and body position to get things done. You get used to it."
Like most of the players on the Air Force roster, Kons had other opportunities collegiate opportunities finishing high school. But he chose the Air Force Academy knowing it offered a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
"The No.1 reason I chose the Academy was the education and experience I knew I would receive," Kons said. "It's a well-rounded, comprehensive education that prepares you as a person as well as for the military. It's an honor to be a cadet and I am proud to represent the Academy and our country."
Kons will get his active duty Air Force assignment a couple months after graduating in May. Wherever he is stationed, he knows the last four years - both on the football field and in the classroom - have prepared him well to represent and protect his country.