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Trinity Football Captain Sameir Madden Finds A Balance

Hartford, Conn. - Trinity College football senior tri-captain Sameir Madden gets the job done both on and off of the field. Coming off a stellar season where he tallied 24 tackles and two interceptions in 2017, Madden leads the 2018 Bantam squad on its quest toward a third-straight New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship. The winning legacy that characterizes the Trinity football program is embodied by Madden’s outstanding attitude.

Majoring in biology, the senior safety examined a few other fields of study before deciding on the science-based major, which admittedly has always been his favorite subject. After Trinity, Madden plans on attending medical school, and with his stellar grades this should not be a problem. Described as an “academic weapon” by Head Coach Jeff Devanney (13th season), Madden’s smarts carry over to the gridiron as well, where his football IQ shines.

“I really expect myself to be a leader," says Madden. "I expect to play at a high level and make sure that everyone follows me. I try to be vocal and get my voice up to communicate with the guys on defense and just set the tone.”

This attitude has been passed down through the years in the program. The senior captain credits the veterans that came before him to helping him understand the game even more.

“Watching the way that the older players before me prepared for games showed me how I should be preparing for games," he added. "Putting in the extra film hours outside of practice. Little things like that to bring me to the next level.”

"Putting in the extra film hours outside of practice. Little things like that to bring me to the next level.”

Coming into Trinity for his freshman year, Madden’s life to that point had been primarily sports, of which he considered himself an expert. Not much changed early on, as his first fall semester on campus consisted mostly of football and class. However, once he got used to playing at the collegiate level, Madden realized that the balance between life on and off the gridiron was harder to maintain than he may have originally thought. He was now learning more about the game, as its intensity picked up both physically and mentally. It was also a struggle at times to balance his academics during the football season, but Madden was determined to excel at both. On Saturday and Sunday mornings when most students are still snug in their dormitory beds, he makes sure to get his studying done.

“It gets tougher every year,” Madden explains. “I try to put some things off until the spring, but this year I am doing my senior thesis so all of my free time has been spent doing research, preparing for presentations, etc. The biggest way I balance my time is by working when everyone else is asleep.”

Madden has already continued the legacy of great Trinity football captains who lead the team with pride and confidence - not to mention his exciting play on the field. After three games, Madden has one tackle for loss, three pass breakups, and a blocked extra point.

“We expect to win a championship every year," he adds. "That’s just what playing at Trinity means."

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