Scholar athlete. It’s a phrase that’s been attached to 2015 Shaker football team captain, Brendan MacPhee’s name for quite some time now, for his excellence on and off the field.
MacPhee, who led Shaker’s team through an unprecedented season in program history, will be attending Yale University in the fall, also to play football.
“My goal right when I get there is to work as hard as I can to help the team win, and that’s always been my goal, whether it’s here or there,” said MacPhee.
MacPhee says his inspiration to play football, both at a high school and collegiate level, came from his father, who played at Shaker and then Lafayette.
“I’m excited to move on and for what’s to come, but I will miss my great coaches and teachers,” he said. “A lot of my best friends played on the football team with me, so it’s definitely going to be tough moving on from them too.”
While his time with the Shaker football team has come to an end, MacPhee continues to be recognized for his outstanding achievements. The Capital District Chapter of the National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame will host a dinner honoring scholar athletes from 60 high schools and colleges in Section 2. MacPhee was chosen as a high level overall winner.
“I know we definitely had a lot of other guys on our team that could have gotten this award, so I’m representing a lot of them,” he said.
“Brendan is a great representative for our school and this award, because he’s the total package as a student athlete,” added Shaker football coach, Greg Sheeler. “As hard as he works in the field, he works that hard in the classroom. That’s why he’s been able to achieve so much success now, and will be able to achieve more success in his future.”
Sheeler says MacPhee is the total package he hopes future Shaker players will look up to.
“Whenever I talk with the younger players about the expectations we have in the classroom, Brendan is the first guy I speak of. We have a lot of guys who have done well, but he’s done exceptionally well. He’s the person I want them to strive to be.”