The junior wide receiver has been on fire the past few weeks, catching four passes for 110 yards and three touchdowns in the Raiders’ 38-25 win against Lower Merion Nov. 6, and grabbing four receptions for 97 yards and a TD in the district tournament against Upper Dublin. Rider finished the season with 25 catches for 487 yards, averaging nearly 20 yards per reception. A fine all-around athlete who also plays defensive back, Rider wrestles in the winter (posted a combined 32-18 varsity won-loss record as a freshman and sophomore) and plans to run track this spring (100- and 200-meter run). Off the field of play, Rider is a member of Radnor High School’s Fishing Club.
Q: What did it mean to you to play in the 121st annual Radnor-Lower Merion football game?
A: It was a great honor to play in something this historical. Sean [Mullarkey] threw me some great passes.
Q: What play from that game stands out in your memory? Can you share with us your role in it?
A: The play on which I scored from 42 yards out [and gave Radnor a 24-6 lead in the third quarter]. It was a slant-to-vertical pattern where I lined up on the right. The coaches told me before the play that if the safety stays back, to run a slant pattern, but if he comes up, to go vertical. He came up, I went long, and Sean hit me with a perfect pass.
Q: What do you think have been the biggest keys to your recent offensive production?
A: The coaches trusting me to run plays that I can run [well], and Sean [Mullarkey] having confidence in me as well.
Q: What do you think is the strongest aspect of your game? What part of your game are you working on the most currently?
A: I think my strongest aspect is my speed. I am trying to work on my size and getting bigger for the next season.
Q: You wear No. 7 for Radnor. Is there a reason you picked that number – does it have any particular significance to you?
A: My birthday is on July 7 (7/7), so I grew up always liking number 7.
Q: Tell us a little about your pre-game preparation the day of a game.
A: Before the LM game, I went to Jimmy Johns to get a sandwich and then I got a Redbull from Wawa. I had to get my ankle taped twice before the game because I injured it a little during the Upper Dublin game the week before.
Q: Who is your favorite football player and why?
A: Aaron Rodgers is my favorite football player. Growing up, my cousin and I would always watch football games together. He was a little older than me so I would always look up to him and he liked the Green Bay Packers so I grew up liking the Packers also.
Q: Who have been your biggest mentors as a football player, and what was the most important thing you learned from each one?
A: My biggest mentor I say would be Coach Ryan [Radnor head coach Tom Ryan]. He is always leading me in the right direction and helping me become not just a better athlete but a better person.
Fun facts – Jahmair Rider
Favorite book: Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief.
Favorite TV show: Shameless and Stranger Things.
Favorite movie: Get Out.
Favorite pre-game pump-up song: Dreams and Nightmares.
Favorite team: Green Bay Packers.
Favorite place to visit: Jamaica.
Favorite pre-game meal: Jimmy Johns.
Favorite color: Blue.
(To be selected as Main Line Boys Athlete of the Week, a student-athlete must first be nominated by his coach.)