The era of football is now bigger than ever, seemingly just about every American wants to be a part of a team. Whether by playing, being a fanatic, watching or even coaching. The popularity of the sport has gone international: Europe, Guam, and Australia are among just a few of the areas where football has gained interest. The Tradition of American Football can be seen in our history for over 100 years. Louisville Male High School (Louisville, Kentucky) is one of the first programs to offer football. On Saturday, November 18th, 1893 the annual Male-Manual High School Football rivalry began. It was the longest running, continuously played high school football series. Louisville Male High is a perennial football power in the Bluegrass state of Kentucky. Male is also the 3rd winningest football program in America, and #1 in Kentucky. Male also has a rivalry with Trinity High School, one of the nation's best current high school football programs. However, Trinity (most years) won't schedule Male in the regular season. Louisville Male boasts 6 state titles in football, and 3 state runner-ups. Two players, Twin brothers' Malik and Micheal Malone play for the Male football team, and love everything about the history and success of the program. Malik is a 5'9", 210lbs, plays LB/FB and logged a solid amount of playing-time as a sophomore (2011) for a team that consistently has D-1 talent. Micheal is 5'9",180 lbs, and plays ILB/OLB for Louisville Male, with good minutes played as well.
We caught up with Malik and Micheal and asked them what it's like playing for a program (Male) that has so much tradition and excellence.
response from Malik Malone: "At Louisville Male High School everything for us is about keeping the tradition alive and making our fans and the alumni proud. It is great playing for a program where we have a waiting list for people to hold the chains on the sidelines. Our school puts alot of money on the football team. I am very blessed to be apart of a strong program that will pack the stadium every home and away game. We have a great coaching staff and a person on the coaching staff that have an effect on me getting better is the strength and conditioning coach Paul Mandeville. He pushes the team to different task every day to get us stronger faster and have more stamina to be ready for the fall."
response from Micheal Malone : "Well, at Male if you have not heard, has one of the best football programs in jcps, we have a very good tradition and plan on keeping this traditon alive. At Male the games are not only played for the players but also for the student body and for the community. And I wouldnt change to another high school for the world. I am very blessed and fortunate to play at a school like Male, i've watched Male games since I was a little boy and now I get to play for them, that's one of my dreams that came true. Another thing that I love about this program is the brotherhood! We might have our difficulties at practice but on Friday nights we play as a team and also as brothers. That's a very important key for a successful team."
When you have a waiting line for the "Chain Gang" that is a community serious about their football and school. Louisville Male also has a strict dress code and a lottery for students to get in, due to the reputation of the school. The football program also contains many former or current NFL players including Chris Redman, Michael Bush, and Marcus Green among others. We asked the twin brothers what they'd like to prove to colleges/coach's in the next few years:response from Malik: "What i would like to prove to the college coaches is that i am a dedicated player that loves the game and put my heart into the game. I want to show the coaches how tough i am on the field and how quick i am on blitz on the inside and the outside. I want to show the colleges how my grind in the offseason will effect my shine in the fall."
response from Micheal Malone: "I would want prove to colleges how willing I am to play at the next level. I have sacrificed a lot for football, and now at this stage of life I have figured that Football is my life."