Each week we will feature a college football player who is either a member or an officer in a Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.
College: Princeton University
Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 280 pounds, senior, offensive lineman
High School: River Hill High School, Highland, Maryland
About Max Coale: A highly decorated player coming out of high school, Coale made a switch from defense to offense his sophomore year and ended up starting the final four games to find a home on the Tigers’ offensive line. Came to Princeton as an offensive lineman, but had to switch over to defense his freshman season when a slew of injuries ravaged the Tigers’ front. In his second full season as a starter at guard, Coale has shown his value to Princeton off the field as well by taking over a leadership role in the Tigers’ Uplifting Athletes chapter.
As a player, what is your favorite part of game day you get to experience at your home stadium?
Coale: When the game is over, the entire team gathers in front of the band and we sing our alma mater, “Old Nassau”. It’s an old tradition that we’re proud to continue.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
Coale: Coming back and scoring 29 unanswered points last year in the fourth quarter of the Harvard game was definitely a highlight.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what if anything has this experience done for you?
Coale: Seeing the struggle and subsequent resurgence of my teammate Jordan Culbreath ’11, I knew that I wanted to be involved with Uplifting Athletes to help others around the world have the ability to achieve what he did. This experience has shown me that you can never give up on anything, and that people are inherently good, always willing to help someone in need.
What is the toughest team you’ve faced or regularly play and what makes them so difficult?
Coale: Every team in the Ivy League has the potential to go undefeated or winless every single year so there isn’t one team in particular. Penn and Harvard have been our two toughest opponents in the past couple years and our games have always come down to the last few minutes.
What is your chosen major, and what if anything have you used from that major as a contribution to your Uplifting Athletes Chapter?
Coale: My major is Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While biology doesn’t necessarily help market and promote Uplifting Athletes, this background really allows me to understand the underlying reasons why certain rare diseases arise, providing me with an entirely new light in which to look at Aplastic Anemia.
In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football?
Coale: I hope to enter medical school after graduation, so life after football will still be very busy, but fulfilling. I want to help people get back to being at full health, and being a doctor has been a lifelong dream of mine.
Besides one of your teammates, name a college football player you enjoy watching?
Coale: I love watching the entire Oregon offensive line. We run a very similar offense to theirs, and it is awesome to see how the same concepts apply in every level of college football and leads to victories.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
Coale: As a Baltimore native, I love Joe Flacco not only because he won us a Super Bowl last year, but for his ability to focus on his own faults and improve them and ignore all other distractions.
What was or is the inspiration for the Rare Disease your Uplifting Athletes Chapter is raising money for to be part of the fight?
Coale: All-Ivy running back Jordan Culbreath ’11 was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia his senior year in 2010 and had to withdraw from school. He experienced some extremely scary events but triumphed and came back the next year to not only finish school and obtain his degree, but also to be a leader for our team and finish his last year of college football.
What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?
Coale: The Yale Bowl is always fun to play in because of the history that has taken place at the field and how old it is.