NEKOOSA — As a sophomore on the varsity and on the line, Andrew Melvin was a little wide eyed.
He had some good teachers and now is the anchor on both sides of the line.
Last year he was first team all-South Central on offense and defense and last November, he was named one of four captains for the 2015 football season.
“One of my favorite memories of Andrew was when I was still coaching JV and we took him to a game against Mosinee his freshman year,” Nekoosa coach Jason Becker said. “He was kind of surprised that we took him as a freshman to play JV and by the end of the first quarter he was out of gas. That day he learned what he had to do to improve and be ready one day to play at the varsity level.”
Off the field, Melvin is a member of Nekoosa’s National Honor Society.
How has your role on the team changed since your first start as a sophomore? When I was a sophomore I was the weak link on the line and I was learning the ropes from the older guys. Now I have a leadership role and teach the younger guys on the team. Most of them look up to me the same way I looked up to the older guys when I was younger.
Name something about being a lineman that most people don’t understand? You actually have to be smarter that people think. Football is a physical game, but a big part of it is mental, sometimes it is more mental than physical.
What does it mean to you to be one of the four captains of your team? It’s a big responsibility, but it’s also rewarding. Coach (Jason) Becker wouldn’t have named me or the other guys a captain if we didn’t work hard for it.
Who is your biggest role model and what lessons will you take with your for the rest of your life? I’d have to say Dylan Bauer. He graduated in 2013 and is starting for UW-La Crosse now. I learned a lot from his leadership and the mindset he had to win.
What is your biggest fear? Losing a family member. Family means everything to me so I think losing someone close would be tough.
What person from history would you want to meet and what would you talk about? Johnny Cash. I’d want to talk about how he rose up to be one of the greatest country artists of all time.
Name something on your bucket list that you want to accomplish by the time you’re 40: I want to go skydiving. I think because of the adrenaline rush. I’ve done bungee chord jumping at Mt. Olympus in the Dells and I also did the big swing too.
Have colleges coaches been calling? They have. I’ve talked with coaches at Minnesota-Moorhead and a few others, but I don’t think I’ll be going to a four-year school so playing football isn’t something I’ll continue with after high school. I want to go into instrumentation and I can do that at a two-year school.
Sports: Football and basketball
Favorite subject: Tech ed
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Pizza
Favorite TV show: “Trailer Park Boys”
Favorite movie: “The Fugitive”
Favorite type of music: Country
Favorite spot in Nekoosa: Holland Field
Breakfast, lunch or dinner: Breakfast
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