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Charlie McBride

Charlie McBride was a starting middle linebacker for the freshman A football team this fall. McBride moved to Libertyville in eighth grade from Georgia. During his first year in Libertyville, he played for Libertyville Boys Club and has been playing football since has was in second grade.

“[Football] was something I grew up with. It’s big in the south, so it was all around, so I decided to try it out,” said McBride.

He also played basketball but quit so he could wrestle, which he plans to do at LHS in the winter season. The freshman A team practices every day after school for three hours. The day after games, they will typically be in the weight room for an hour along with practices.

[Charlie is] somebody who comes to practice everyday and legitimately puts in the work … he’s a hard-hitting, fast-running, strong physical player who knows the game well enough to use his athleticism clearly but also uses intuition about what’s happening out on the field,” said freshman A football coach Mr. Casey Aubin.

McBride has had to sacrifice a lot of his own time for football. “I handle it by working my hardest at school and football to try to do both. I don’t get a lot of time to hang out with friends. [I] wake up, go to school, football, do homework, repeat,” stated McBride.

McBride believes football has helped with his discipline and work ethic. He hopes to be able to start for varsity as he progresses through his LHS athletic career. McBride would also want to play football in college if he got the opportunity.  

“I don’t know exactly what [Charlie’s] athletic career will amount to, but who he is as a person, he’s going to be successful because in addition to his work ethic and discipline, he’s a very empathetic kid,” said Mr. Aubin “He’s made the right choices and he’s showed a level of maturity and a certain understanding of the world around him most kids his age just do not.”

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