SOUTH TAMPA — The "culture" was evident from a young age.
No pressure, mind you. Just a family chock-full of leaders, winners and doers with deep and important ties to the Tampa community — South Tampa, in particular.
So when Plant High quarterback James Few takes the field Saturday with a shot at helping the Panthers win the Class 8A state football championship, he will be looking to write his own chapter in his family's historic book.
"I don't think there was a lot of pressure on us to do well (in my family) as much as it was cultured," Few said. "My grandparents were and are very smart people; my parents accomplished things. I am aware of that."
The Few name is well-recognized countywide.
James Few's father is John Few, a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and Plant's defensive coordinator. James' mother, Irene, is a well-known Realtor in the area. John's father, Crosby Few, the family patriarch who died last year, was the Hillsborough County School District attorney for almost 40 years. John's mother, Adelaide, is an attorney and former federal prosecutor.
This list goes on.
James' aunt (Dad John's sister) Jennifer Burchill is Hillsborough County's assistant athletic director. And James' other aunt Terrin is married to Rich McKay, former Buc's general manager and now Atlanta Falcons president.
The opportunity to add to the lore isn't lost on 18-year-old James.
"This is once-in-a-lifetime," James said of Saturday's championship game at Orlando's Florida Citrus Bowl against undefeated Miramar.
"This is it, my one shot, our one shot. We've been working toward this for four years for this group of seniors. This is the moment."
James will share the moment on the field with his father and brother William, a junior who handled extra-point kicks for the Panthers up until this week. A severe ankle infection that will sideline him for Saturday's game.
"I've been coaching high school football for 22 years, and this is the only year the three of us have been on the same team," said John Few, who spent 15 seasons as a coach at Jesuit before coming to Plant in 2005. "I have made it a point to relish this year with James and William."
Not that the road to this state title game has been completely smooth.
James spent time at safety while backing up former Panthers' quarterback Phillip Ely's backup. This year, he didn't establish his starting status as quarterback until the first week of the season.
But James, a swimmer, baseball and basketball player as a youth, solidified a standout season by completing 65 percent of his passes while throwing for 2,462 yards and 29 touchdowns, and leading Plant to a 13-1 record and a fifth appearance in a state title game in six years.
"And, he did all that and carried four AP classes," John says proudly. "He (James) is much better at pressure situations than I ever was. I'm proud of the focus and the fortitude he shows with his goals."
But there is one more goal at hand for the Few clan.
One more game, one more win.
"It's been pretty magical this year with my dad on the sideline," James said. "And this is our one chance together. It would mean a lot to me to win. It'll mean a lot to my dad. And my mom. But it's not just me doing this.
"This would be something we accomplish all together."