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October 8, 2017 | Football

Samuel and Michael Brodrique with the support of their mother.

Star linebacker Michael Brodrique to join Stingers

Assistant head coach Pat Donovan is thrilled to announce Michael Brodrique, an all-star linebacker from the Champlain Cougars, has signed a letter of intent committing to the Concordia Stingers football program.

“In our eyes, Michael is one of the best linebackers in the country, not just the RSEQ,” said Donovan. “He’s a true middle linebacker who can play sideline-to-sideline. He fits in well with our system. He’s a great student of the game. He’s a step-in player.”

Brodrique has a long, impressive football résumé, starting with his playing days at Polyvalente Deux-Montagnes where he was named a 2014 all-star in the Division 1 juvenile high school conference.

He represented Quebec at the 2014 and 2015 Canada Cup. Quebec won the national title in 2015, and Brodrique was named to the championship all-star team. He was also selected to represent Canada at two international events, including the International Federation of American Football U19 World Championship in Harbin, China.

A native of Sainte-Marthe-sur-le-Lac, Que., Brodrique joined the Champlain Cougars of the Cégep Division1 conference in 2015. He enjoyed an undefeated season that resulted in a Bol d’Or championship with the Cougars.

In 2016, with 41.5 solo tackles and seven sacks in regular season play, Brodrique was named a RSEQ all-star.

More than a dozen Canadian universities, including every RSEQ school, reached out to Brodrique but he selected Concordia.

“I chose the Stingers because I think the coaches here will give me the best opportunity and I fit well in the system they are playing,” said the six-foot-three, 225-pound linebacker who also attracted the interest of a few NCAA schools. “Also, I’m serious about school, and John Molson is a very good school for business.”

Brodrique says the opportunity to play alongside his brother Samuel Brodrique, now in his second year with the Stingers, figured in his decision as well.

Michael is looking at studying Marketing and will begin his university studies in January. Donovan can’t wait.

“We’re thrilled about the opportunity to have Michael and Sam together,” said Donovan who also serves as the defensive co-ordinator. “These guys are focused. They have good heads on their shoulders and they come from a great family.”