Woodward Academy | Atlanta | Senior | Running Back
5-11, 205 | 247 RANKING: Four-star, No. 17 in Georgia, No.
FAVORITE FOOD: Rice
FAVORITE MOVIE: American Sniper
FAVORITE ATHLETE: LaDanian Tomlinson
FAVORITE ACTOR: Leonardo DiCaprio
FAVORITE MUSIC ARTIST: Kanye West
FAMILY TIES: Son of boxing great Evander
Holyfield. “My stepdad [his mother remarried]
said from when I was small, he knew I was going
to be a running back,” Holyfield said.
Packing His Own Punch
IT’S FAIR TO SAY ELIJAH HOLYFIELD HAS FELT A fair share of pressure living up to the athletic legacy of his father, former boxing heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield.
Eager to prove he is also the “Real Deal,” Elijah Holyfield
has been successful in cementing his own legacy on the
Holyfield has been a four-year starter, splitting his time
between Riverside Military Academy and Woodward. He
started playing when he was just 4 years old, when his
stepdad started coaching him.
“Once I was in ninth grade and I was starting as a fresh-
Holyfield ran for 1,725 yards and 25 touchdowns as a
man, I started to realize not everyone is getting to do this,”
Holyfield said. “That’s when I realized I was pretty good.”
Though obviously athletically gifted — he emphasized that
football is his passion — Holyfield’s artistic side shines when
he starts talking about music and movies — especially The
junior last season.