- Cheltenham High School
Panthers Senior Gridder Winfield among Mini Max Award Honorees
Cheltenham High School senior Marcus Winfield, a stalwart on both sides of the line of scrimmage for the Panthers’ football squad, has been selected as one of 63 Pennsylvania Mini Max High School Award winners, Pennsylvania Maxwell Football Club President Mark Dianno recently announced.
“I’m excited to receive this honor,” Winfield said. “It’s the payoff for all the hard work. It’s a great accomplishment for me, my family and team.”
Honorees were nominated by their coaches throughout this past season and were evaluated based on criteria including football performance, academics and community service.
“Marcus is everything a coach wants in a football player, especially a senior lineman,” said second-year coach Ryan Nase, who led the Panthers to an 8-4 record and their first District I playoff victory in more than 15 years this past season. "He’s a natural leader and extremely hard worker in the weight room, practices, games and most importantly the classroom.”
A defensive end and offensive lineman, Winfield was recognized earlier this month as a Suburban One League American Conference All-League player at both of those positions. As a defensive end this season, Winfield totaled 86 tackles, 17 tackles for a loss, five pass breakups and three and a half sacks. As an offensive lineman, he paved the way for the Panthers offense which boasted all-league selections at every skill position.
In 2017, he totaled 48 tackles, four tackles for loss and three sacks and earned second-team all-league honors at defensive line. In addition, he earned third-team all-league honors at offensive line. After two seasons dominating both sides of the line of scrimmage, Winfield has attracted the attention of recruiters from Temple, Delaware State, Lafayette and Albany.
Taking mostly honors and AP classes, Winfield carries a 3.5 grade point average. As tri-captain, he represents the team in public, whether it’s talking to students about supporting the team’s “Pink Out” game or spending time with the youth involved with the district’s Panther Pack.
Winfield comes from a family with a strong football pedigree. His father J. Brett Winfield (Delaware State), and grandfather Vernon Winfield (Minnesota) played Division I football, and Vernon Winfield started seven games at offensive guard for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1972 and 1973 after being drafted 144th overall in the sixth round of the National Football League draft.
Marcus Winfield and his fellow honorees will be honored at a dinner on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at the Drexelbrook Catering Ballroom in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania. One player from those 63 will be chosen as the Pennsylvania High School Player of the Year. The awards dinner is open to the public and tickets are available on the Club’s website www.maxwellfootballclub.org.
Winners of the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware Players of the Year will be the final candidates for Maxwell’s 33rd Jim Henry Award as the region’s outstanding player. The Jim Henry Award winner will be announced at the Maxwell Football Club’s National Awards Gala Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Tropicana Casino Resort in Atlantic City, New Jersey.