Get to Know U19 National Team Offensive Lineman Charles Lavallee
Charlie Lavallee is an offensive lineman from Grand Falls, New Brunswick who will participate at the 2018 International Bowl in Arlington, Texas as a part of the National Under-19 team.
Coming from a town that did not have football, the lineman moved to Moncton to jumpstart his gridiron career.
“My physical strengthening coach trained me there,” he recalled. “It was a very quick decision to play football.”
Among the teams Lavallee has played for during his career include Odyssee Olympiens of the New Brunswick High School Football League (NBHSFL) and Team New Brunswick.
Currently, he is a member of the Atlantic University Sport’s (AUS) Mount Allison Mounties.
The highlight of Lavallee’s career has been interacting with his coaches and teammates.
“My high school coaches are my best friends,” he added. “They developed me as a player.”
“Even my coaches from Team NB and Team Canada. It’s been real.”
Lavallee appreciates the love and support that his parents give him as he would not have been able to achieve his goals without them.
With his selection to the National Under-19 team, this will be Lavallee’s third consecutive time wearing the Canadian jersey. Last year, he represented the country at the North American Championship in Florida.
“That was one of my best years I ever had,” he reflected. “It was very intense and I had a great time.”
“The Florida heat was awesome and it was the best time of my career.”
When he learned that he would be heading to Texas for the 2018 International Bowl, Lavallee was grateful to have the opportunity to play more football during the offseason.
“You get to play another time of football,” he elaborated. “I’m here to play football and I am here to do everything for my country.”
“Coming from a small town like Grand Falls, it’s an unreal moment when you go into AT&T Stadium looking up at the stands. I am a big fish in a small pond. I feel that I got blessed playing football.
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