West Orange Times: Sports Spotlight — Michael Lemieux-Bott

Michael Lemieux-Bott plays on both sides of the ball for Foundation Academy.

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A senior captain on the Foundation Academy football team, Michael Lemieux-Bott plays on both sides of the ball for the Lions — although he prefers defense. Moving around at the linebacker position, Lemieux-Bott is the “quarterback” on defense, for which he makes calls and adjustments — all while racking up double digits in tackles each game.


When did you first start playing football?

I got into football when I was around the sixth grade. I was watching the Florida Gators play when I was younger, and I just wanted to be like them.


You’ve been on the team since ninth grade. What would you say are the biggest changes you’ve seen in yourself since then?

My understanding of the game. It’s a simple game, but (there is a) complexity to it — and my maturity as a player. Just growing as a player and making plays — it’s interesting to see how you grow up in a program.


What’s been your favorite thing about playing football at Foundation?

My favorite thing is the team and being with the team. Even though there are times like when we are running or doing... but that’s where you become the closest.


What’s been the most challenging part of playing football?

The time constraints — sacrificing a lot. But you think about it, you give up time, but then everyone else is jealous of you on Friday nights. It’s all worth it.


Do you have a favorite position you like to play?

Right now, I prefer linebacker. I like to be in control of things. I like to have the defense move, and I like to be able to think and make calls.


You’re a captain on this team, and head coach Brad Lord puts a lot of faith in you to play that role. Does that add pressure on you?

I don’t find it added — I enjoy the responsibility of making sure everybody else knows what to do. I like it.


What are the best words of advice you’ve been given about playing football?

Best words, from all of my coaches, is just enjoy it right now. Have fun in high school, because it’s a different game when you get up to college.


What happens after you graduate?

I already have two offers from Jacksonville University and Valparaiso University. Looking to play college football, and looking for more offers. It’s going to be fun, and a free education.


When you get free time from football and school, what do you like doing?

I like to play video games, and I like to work with my mom and grandpa — they’re really into contracting. I’m looking to do that after college — working with my hands.



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