Former Aledo standout Johnathan Gray has watched the ESPYS award program, which is filled with celebrities and superstars.
Wednesday night, Gray will be part of the show.
Gray, the Gatorade national high school football player of the year, flew to Los Angeles on Monday to join the other Gatorade high school national athletes of the year including area track standouts Shelbi Vaughan, from Mansfield Legacy, and South Grand Prairie's Abraham Hall.
"I'm very excited just to get to go out there in general and be around so many great athletes," said Gray, who will be a freshman running back for Texas this year. "It's fun knowing how many stars will be out there. I want to talk to them and get to know them."
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Gray and the other high school stars, such as basketball athlete of the year Jabari Parker from Chicago, will attend a special dinner tonight, where Gatorade's overall male and female athletes of the year will be announced.
"I think we are all going out there to have a good time. I'm not thinking about winning overall athlete of the year," Gray said. "It's going to be fun either way."
On Wednesday, the 12 Gatorade players of the year will walk the red carpet at the ESPYS and attend the event, which begins at 8 p.m.
"It's going to be amazing," Gray said. "I want to represent Aledo and my teammates who helped me win the award.
"I hope to meet some people and make some connections. I really want to meet LeBron, Kobe or anyone of those type of guys. I just want to say 'hi.'"
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