NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ — Sean Michaels has performed many roles on the football field at New Providence during his career.

In the Pioneers' 40-22 opening night victory over Roselle Park last Friday, the senior linebacker/running back turned in a strong effort on both sides of the ball. Michaels was in on 13 tackles, including two behind the line of scrimmage, and paricipated in a sack, as well. He also made his mark when the Pioneers had the ball, catching three passes for 39 yards and one touchdown.

"Sean has been a great player for our team over the last four years," New Providence head coach Chet Parlavecchio Jr. "He is the consummate team player and has done whatever has been asked of him. Sean has tremendous athleticism and can do a lot of things on the field, and he has certainly done that for us, he has played QB, RB, and WR for us over his career here at New Providence, and excelled at all of them. He has really become a playmaker for us these last couple of years and is off to a great start this season as well."

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"He has a tremendous instinct for the ball on defense and is always around the ball, his explosiveness and athletic ability make him an outstanding linebacker," Parlavecchio said. "What I am most proud of him for is his leadership. He is not the most vocal player, but he speaks very loudly through his actions, he has worked incredibly hard in our weight program over the last few years and has really made himself into a great player, and he was unanimously voted captain by his teammates, which also speaks volumes about Sean."

Earlier this week, Michaels took time to respond to some questions from TAPinto New Providence.

Q: What are your goals for this season?
A: Some goals for this season are winning every regular season game, become conference champs again, win our first playoff game, and personally having over 100 tackles by the end of the season. 

Q: How have you seen your game change/improve since last season?
A: My game has gotten better since last year as I am faster and stronger due to offseason work. 

Q: What is the best advice you ever received from a coach?
A: The best advice that I’ve received from a coach is probably do the hard thing. This means doing something that you probably don’t want to do, which is a skill that can be used for anything in life. 

Q: What has been the most memorable game you've played?
A: My most memorable game to date is the Thanksgiving game last year. After losing to GL for the past five years it was about time that we brought back the trophy to where it belongs. 

Q: What is you favorite thing about attending New Providence High School?
A: My favorite thing about New Providence High School is the school spirit. Seeing the entire town come out to support us in past years (obviously the entire town can’t come this year because of the pandemic) means a lot to me and shows the team that they see the hard work we are putting in every year. 

Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
A: My favorite subject is math because I’ve always been good at it. 

Q: Who is your favorite athlete?
A: My favorite athlete is probably Saquan Barkley because he gives 100% effort every play. 

Q: Do you have any role models?
A: A role model that I look up to is my dad. Even though he has a demanding job he finds time for people that matter in his life. 

Q: What do you enjoy doing other than playing football?
A: When I’m not playing a sport I like to hang out with my friends and enjoy my high school experience. 

Q: How have you had to adjust to playing this sport under the COVID protocols now in effect?
A: The COVID protocols have seriously adjusted the season and offseason. In the offseason we had no option but to do body workouts in our own houses because there was no safe way to work out as a team. We also can’t continue some team traditions like team dinners before games, but we all look past that and just try to control the things we can this season.

The Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors Pioneer Athlete of the Week is sponsored by Joe Eberle Weichert Realtors located at 64 Main Street in Chatham.  Joe is a 25 year New Providence resident who is an active member of the New Providence community. Contact Joe anytime, whether it's to get started on helping you realize your real estate goals and dreams, or just to ask a question about the local market.  Joe can be reached at jeberle@weichert.com or call 908-868-4800