October 7, 2011
The Louisa County Lions have a roster full of talent and play makers, but none more obvious than Andre Mealy. The senior leads by example both on and off the gridiron, ranked fourth in his senior class and never earning less that an A- in his high school career. On the field, Andre captains the Lions with his performance as a running back and linebacker, back after a season-ending injury in 2010.
"I'm not much of a vocal captain but I like to think actions speak louder than words," said Mealy. "That's the kind of person I am."
"He's the ultimate player-coach," said head football coach Jon Meeks, who's been with the program ten years. "I really feel like I have a coach on the field, especially after last year that he sat out a whole year. He helped me coach up the linebackers, his replacement, and came to every Saturday meeting. That's just the kind of person he is."
Heading into Week 7 on Friday, Mealy had accounted for 12 touchdowns and over 700 yards in 5 games this season.
"I think right now you can say he's the face of the program," said Meeks. "He's a household name and no one works harder than Andre Mealy."
Coach Meeks also called Mealy 'one in a million,' noting not only his dedication to the football program but his academics and community service.
For Mealy, it's about giving back to those that support him and the team on Friday nights.
"Just being around the people that are so appreciative of what we do, it's good to see that they're happy, especially after the earthquake. It's nice to put a smile on their face."
Mealy hopes to continue his football career at the college level and says he's being recruited by a number of Division I - AA schools. Career-wise, he plans to become a personal trainer or strength coach.