There's no doubt 13-year old Areg Nazarian has electrified the Glendale Bears Junior Football program, most recently starring on its Midget team that finished runner-up in its division. But Nazarian's exploits as a running back and linebacker have begun to reach well outside the Jewel City. His impressive highlight reel can be seen on YouTube and is sure to dazzle anyone who takes a few minutes to watch his explosive offensive moves and nose for the ball on defense.
It's quite likely even more people will know of Nazarian after he appears in the upcoming 14 and Under Junior Rank Academic All-American Game at Chase Field in Phoenix on Jan. 2 alongside the best and brightest youth football players in the country.
"I'm honored to be in that game because I've been playing since I was small and now it's a big achievement that I'm going to be playing with the top players from around the nation," said Nazarian, who will play on both sides of the ball for the West squad. "I'm excited to meet [everybody]. There's going to be NFL coaches, I can get more experience and learn new stuff. I just want to soak in all the stuff I can learn. It's going to be a good experience for me."