It’s no surprise that Hawaii high school football’s most entertaining player shares a name with Nickelodeon: Kaiser quarterback Nic Tom.
The converted defensive back now plays six different positions on the gridiron.
In the winter, Tom is an honorable mention All-State guard on the basketball team. He’s also a state semifinalist in the 100-meter dash.
Let’s take a trip On Campus to Kaiser High School, where if you don’t know Tom, you don’t know diddly.
Tom knows weightlifting. He tied for second-best at the 2015 NFL combine among defensive backs.
Tom also knows speed. The ’90s had “Slash” in Kordell Stewart.
Tom knows versatility: quarterback, cornerback, wide receiver, punter, punt returner, kick returner.
Tom’s athleticism can be traced to his dad, Dave, a former linebacker and mom, Wendy, an ex-100-meter track star. The two were high school sweethearts at Kaiser and started dating in the 9th grade.
Tom’s gifts aren’t just a natural ability. Working out seven days a week and running two miles a day, the senior competed in and won a weightlifting competition. His winnings were donated to the Kaiser weight room, a second home he has grown to love.
Now, the only thing holding Tom back from his life dream of a collegiate football scholarship is his size.
At 5 feet 9 inches and 170 pounds, he needs look no further than his defensive coordinator, former Kahuku and University of Hawaii star Richie Torres.