Melanson remains calm, collected through adversity


Max Melanson #26

A man’s character is tested by how they respond to adversity. Max Melanson certainly passed the test as the linebacker battled back from a rocky season and put together a great performance in the following season. In his first season playing linebacker, his team finished 0-7. Melanson saw this as a huge opportunity to get better.

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Max Melanson #26

A man’s character is tested by how they respond to adversity. Max Melanson certainly passed the test as the linebacker battled back from a rocky season and put together a great performance in the following season. In his first season playing linebacker, his team finished 0-7. Melanson saw this as a huge opportunity to get better.

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“I really felt like I needed to work on my overall game as a linebacker as we finished 0-7 last year which was my first year ever on the defensive side of the ball. I went to team New Brunswick to hopefully become better as an athlete and as a person and I achieved that playing for team New Brunswick and I also improved every aspect of my game which helped our team go 4-2 this year and with a playoff win against Oromocto high school,” he says.

Melanson’s growth as a linebacker has certainly helped the Saint Mary Huskies, who were able to turn around their fortunes. While he guided his team to a 4-2 record last season, the linebacker is not done yet as he carries an active lifestyle and workout regime into the offseason.

“I enjoy staying active so in the off season I’m playing hockey for my high school and going to the gym.”

Aside from a few moments where Melanson can be caught playing Madden, the Harrison Trimble linebacker spends a good amount of his time either playing hockey, which helps maintain his condition or in the gym, adding to his strength and athleticism.

“As the summer comes around after hockey season, I try to get myself in the gym almost everyday of the week to get stronger and also go practice the fundamentals and other concepts in the same day to keep up on my cardio and my on field play as well,” he says.

When Melanson steps onto the field, he is thinking how he can beat the person in front of him and how he can make an impact on the game. Whether it be a big stop in the backfield or an interception, Melanson typically finds one way or another to fire up his team and change the outcome of a game. His favourite part of the position is the physicality and intensity that he is allowed to unleash on the field, modelling his game after a former NFL linebacker.

“The best to ever play linebacker I believe is Ray Lewis and that is because of how he sees the field and how physical he was.”

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🚨🚨🚨NEW SIGNEE ALERT 🚨🚨🚨 @headfbcoachsmu and SMU Football would like to introduce our newest member from our 2019 recruiting class @max.xxvi to the SMU family. “Max is one of the best athletes in New Brunswick and is a former @teamnewbrunswickscout player who represented his team at the Canada Cup. He’s played both offence and defence at the high school level however I want him to use his aggressiveness and instincts at one of our “Star” and “Money” positions. I know he will come in ready to compete and should find his niche early on our special teams units. Max will be a player that “gets after it” on all facets of the program which will lead to him having success as well as our HUSKIE program” HC James Colzie III #ELEVATE19 #GOTONEFROMNB

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Melanson has every intention to continue playing football after high school and recently committed to the Saint Mary’s Huskies in Halifax. He plans to get a degree in business and become a business manager. Even with Melanson graduating with the class of 2019, he does not seem overly stressed with his situation, which has remained a consistent theme throughout his career. After switching over the defense, Melanson remained calm and collected, just as he did after his team finished 0-7 and, in both scenarios, he rose to the challenge.

Identical to how Ray Lewis sees the field and can diagnose incoming problems, Melanson does the same off the field with his calm nature.


Max Melanson (#26)
Position: Linebacker
Ht/Wt: 6’1 185 lbs
Teams: Committed – Saint Mary’s Huskies, Harrison Trimble Trojans
Class: 2019

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