January 31, 2023

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Rising Star: Michael Malone

Michael Malone receiving his Gridiron Football All-American Jersey. (Photo courtesy of Jason Saucier).

Michael Malone is an ambitious 6’2 300lb. Offensive and Defensive Lineman playing for Jonesboro-Hodge Middle in Jonesboro, LA. Michael’s size, strength, and powerhouse mobilities at the age of 13 were recently showcased in the Gridiron Football Junior All-American Game. A young athlete full of heart and passion for the game are expressed below.

Q&A with Michael:

How old were you when you first picked up a football and decided this sport was for you?

 I was 4 years old and as a young kid, I would always watch my older brother and cousin play which inspired me.

Who are some of your biggest influences?

My cousins are a big influence on me because they constantly motivate me and stay with me about my education.

Regardless of win or loss, how do you maintain a positive mindset at all times on the field?

Hearing what the coach got to say after the game.

During the offseason, what are some of your favorite hobbies or interests?

Playing basketball, chilling with my friends, and playing the game.

What are some current goals and dreams you have set for yourself?

Going to college, making it to the NFL, and maintaining a 3.5 GPA. My dream school would be to play for Jackson State.

How would your teammates describe you?

My teammates would describe me as being positive, a good motivator, and having good sportsmanship.

What is your favorite football memory?

When I scored a touchdown in 8th grade, at that moment I just felt very happy.

What do you feel you and your team can improve on the most?

 As a team we can improve on everything like skill, strength, and speed.

A special appreciation by Michael, “I would like to thank my family, friends and my coaches”.




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