CROSS RIVER, N.Y. – After missing a portion of his senior season because of a torn ligament in his thumb, Max Miraglia returned and help lead the John Jay football team to a semifinal appearance in the Section 1 Class A playoffs.

How old were you when you started playing football and what got you started?

I’ve always been extremely interested in football. I wanted to start playing in third grade, but the earliest my parents would allow me to play was fifth grade.

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What was your favorite thing about being on the football team at John Jay?

Being able to play football and be with my friends every day during the season was definitely my favorite thing. Getting physically fit and learning from my coaches is a close second.

Do you have a favorite team activity or pregame/postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?

After every Thursday practice, the parents put together a team dinner where we relax, bond, and hang out.

Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?

My parents have been my biggest role models since day one. The most important qualities I have learned are to be extremely hardworking and persistent. Without these I wouldn’t be the person or player I am today.

Do you plan on continuing to play sports in college?

No.

Do you know what you want to study in college?

At this point I’m undecided, but business has always interested me.

What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?

Usually rap music that pumps me up.

What’s something about yourself people might not know?

I can do a standing backflip and I’m really good at cornhole.

If you could have one superpower, what would it be and why?

Super Speed, being fast is kinda my thing, and being even faster would allow me to do my chores and homework in record speed.

Where is your favorite place to go on vacation and why?

Michigan, because my relatives live there and it’s so much fun.

Favorite place to eat locally?

Empire Bagels

What is the go-to app on your phone?

Subway Surfers

Do you have a current favorite book, movie or TV show?

If I watch TV, it’s going to be football.