Fox 40 Prospect Challenge (West Coast): LB/RB Mattes “won’t stop working and practicing”

Coming from a championship program, linebacker/running back, Andrew Mattes knows what it means to win.

Standing at 5’11 and 160-pounds, Mattes played for the Nanaimo District Islanders (BCHSFA) and were the 2016 AA High School provincial champions. Along with this team accomplishment, Mattes has some individual accolades; Team MVP in 2015 with the Fairview Cowboys, 2013 Offensive MVP, and 2012 Digger Award recipient.

In his first and second year of football starting at peewee, he played quarterback and linebacker for the Fairview Outlaws. When he moved up to junior bantam and played for the Fairview Cowboys, he played quarterback, and later that season, the team went on to win the 2014 Coop League Island Trophy. The following season was Mattes’ best season, winning the MVP award for his team and going third on the island while playing at multiple positions.

For Mattes, he says,”I love to play football because I like the contact and it’s my passion. I won’t stop working and practicing for it until I become the best I can.” 

This type of thinking is what motivates this up and comer to attend many different skills camps and tryouts, along with training at the gym as well as on the field. For the CFCFPC, he explained that he wants to work on his skills for football and become a better teammate.

And he looks to the pros for this same type of thinking. Mattes says that he looks up to former BC Lions linebacker, Adam Bighill, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Ray Lewis, and former Seattle Seahawks running back, Marshawn Lynch.

“I look up to these guys cause they work their heart out on and off the field, striving to get better.”

There’s a lot more football to be played for this young player and he’s going to take advantage of all the opportunities to get where he wants to go.

#22 Andrew Mattes

Andrew Mattes (#22)
Position(s): Linebacker, running back
Ht/Wt: 5’11, 160lbs
Teams: Nanaimo District Secondary (NDSS), 2014 U14 Team BC, Island team (Nanaimo)
Class: 2020

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