Ontario Prospect Challenge Profile: Passionate Raven

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Linebacker (Middle/Outside)

6’0, 180 lbs

Essex Ravens (OVFL)
Chatham-Kent Cougars


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Alex Gleeson started playing as a tyke for the Chatham-Kent Cougars, playing mostly the defensive line.

In his first year of travel football he started as a defensive end, since he was a bigger kid, as the years got by he stopped being as big as the other kids and was switched to inside linebacker.

At the end of the 2014 season, his friend asked him to tryout for the bantam Essex Ravens Ontario Varisty Football League (OVFL) fall team.

Since starting with them he has learned more things and improved on his reaction speed, which later lead him to win the Most Improved Player award.

“I’ve gained confidence on and off the field from what I can achieve on the football field, which has gotten me to improve my marks in school because I have realized that I have a bright future in football,” said Alex, who has had a better experience since discovering it is about having fun and learning, rather than winning.

During the offseason, he goes to the gym every day to get ready for football season. He also helps the grade nine’s at his school train for tryouts by teaching them fundamentals of the game, like footwork.

Moreover, he plays high school basketball to help with his conditioning, speed and stamina.

Alex is looking forward to making a better impression this time around at the Ontario Prospect Challenge (OPC).

“My goals for this year’s OPC is to make the team as I tried out last year but was cut,” comments the Raven. “The main goal for me this year is to learn what I need to improve in my game to take the next step and become a better player.”

The 2017 graduate has the #CFC100 has one of his goals coming out of high school because he hopes to play at the university level and he sees it as one of the best ways to get his name out to North American schools.

On the field, his role model is Ray Lewis because of his leadership and passion that he brings to the sport.

“He inspires me to not only play like him but even more important, to lead my team as he did throughout his career,” explained the linebacker.

Alex has loved the game since he grew up watching it on television with his dad.

“When I’m on the field I feel at home and there is no other place or feeling for me strapping on a helmet and taking all my built up anger that I have and using all of it to make a highlight reel tackle,” added the Ravens standout. “Football for me is and will always be my first love and can never be replaced by anything.”

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