Known for his explosive energy, Mason Russell is feared on both the football field and the baseball diamond. To his coaches, he’s the perfect player - earning high grades in the classroom while showing dedication to his game on the field and in the weight room. Having started spring training with the Windermere Prep football team, Russell is eager to start his junior year on the field.
Why did you start playing football?
I started playing when I was about 9 years old. I did contact football with the Fruitland Falcons (in Maryland). It was a dirt field, and it was the first practice. One by one, my friends got hit and didn’t like it. The first time I got decked, I said, ‘This is the best!’ I loved the contact and camaraderie of it.
What do you enjoy about playing the linebacker and fullback positions?
With linebacker, I love being head of the defense, leader of the defense, and the way you’re able to rally the troops around you. With fullback, you’re always blocking for your teammates. You get to lower your shoulders and level people.
What are you looking forward to about your junior year on the field?
I’m looking forward to stepping into a leadership position and introducing the rising freshmen to the culture of the Windermere Prep football team.
What the best advice you’ve ever gotten from one of your coaches?
One of the best pieces of advice I got was from late Coach Ramsey. He told me to stay low and that really helped me because I always stood too tall.
You’re also known as a pretty good pianist. Why do you enjoy playing piano?
I wanted to pick an instrument that I though was a skill I was missing. The arts are something that’s a good, creative outlet. When I play piano, I use my mental and musical processes. It’s not as arduous as homework. It’s something I can enjoy.
What is one of your favorite football teams?
People say I look like Rob Gronkowski, but the New England Patriots are one of my favorite teams, so that’s ok.
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