Max Wagner is a 15-year-old sophomore at Chaparral High School in Phoenix, Arizona. He is a quarterback on the school’s football team and has been playing the sport for 8 years. Max enjoys playing football because of the sense of camaraderie and the rush of making a good play. He also enjoys the responsibility of being the leader of the team as the quarterback.
In his opinion, a great quarterback is someone who consistently makes the big plays when the team needs them. His favorite current professional quarterback is Joe Burrow, and his favorite retired quarterback is Eli Manning.
Aside from football, Max also enjoys playing golf and basketball. He has attended several quarterback camps in the past, including the Elev8QB Winter Camp, and his favorite part of these camps is competing against other quarterbacks and working on his mechanics. He has been training with Coach Gio since February 2019.
Max’s goals for the next six months are to get bigger, faster, and stronger for his sophomore year and to compete in the Elev8QB Academy Top 8 Camp in the spring. For the next 12 months, he hopes to build on his team’s undefeated freshman season and to compete with upperclassmen.
Max has faced the challenge of playing on poorly organized and underdeveloped teams in the past, but he has overcome this by making sure everyone knows their routes and working on timing and accuracy. His pre-game routine involves hyping up the team, and he does not have any superstitions or rituals. His most influential coach and mentor has been Coach Gio.
During the off-season, Max stays active in the gym 3-4 times a week, focusing on bulking up while maintaining his speed, and throwing with his dad to get in his reps. He has no injuries to report but has faced some setbacks in the form of competing for starting opportunities on teams that already had a quarterback.
Max’s most memorable moments in his football career include winning his first game and his first playoff game. He advises young quarterbacks to never give up and to always have confidence in themselves.