Kolton Dearth loves himself some New York Jets to the point that the Valentine’s Box he made for school had a distinctive green and white theme on a day filled with hearts and flowers. Not surprising, given that his father was James Dearth, a former Jets player himself.
On Monday night Kolton came to his parents asking for help with a box he had to make to hold Valentine’s cards, a school project for a third grader who already looks like he has a future on the football field. Turns out that Kolton is always bragging about his father, who spent 13 years in the NFL, nine years of which were with the Jets as a tight end and a long snapper.
The box featured football-themed paper on the outside and a miniature Jets helmet on the inside. James proudly told Metro that his son “actually won first place.” His teacher, James said, is actually a Green Bay Packers fan but didn’t seem to hold the Jets-themed box against his student.
Kolton might well be primed for the football field someday, following in the footsteps of a father who enjoyed a long, successful career and became a fan favorite with the Jets. James and his family now live in the Houston area.
“He’s a really big guy. Just as tall as his teachers. He’s 5-foot-1, 152 pounds,” James said. “He really wants to play football, he has a desire to. Currently he’s playing baseball, going to hold off on full-contact with him until junior high.”
James brags about him, calling him a "straight-A student."
Football certainly seems to run in the family as Kolton plays flag football right now. Older brother Kendall Dearth, the 17-year old son of James, is by no means a slouch himself as he is a starter along the offensive line for Atascocita High School, a 6A program in Texas. He was a District 21-6A All-District selection his junior year.