Whether it was a shot put, a discus or an opposing defensive lineman, Alex Majeed was throwing things all over the place for Sequoyah during the 2018-19 school year.
As a starting tackle on the Chiefs’ offensive line, Majeed anchored a unit that cleared the way for 3,056 rushing yards on a Class AAAAAA quarterfinal team. During track and field season, he was the state runner-up in the shot put, while finishing sixth in the discus.
“It was amazing,” said Majeed, the 2018-19 Cherokee Tribune Male Athlete of the Year. “It was the best senior year I could have asked for, other than winning a couple championships. Not everything is going to go your way. You want to try your best and succeed as much as possible, and I think we did a lot of that this year.”
The 6-foot-5, 330-pound Majeed’s size and strength translated well from one sport to the other. There were minor differences in the muscles needed to compete in each sport, but when it came to working out, he was training year-round.
“Our strength and conditioning coach has us doing a lot of the same stuff,” Majeed said. “It’s a lot of the full-body motion, the lower legs and the upper body. It’s a lot of the same motions and muscle groups.”
Despite his size advantage, Majeed had to work to master his blocking assignments in the Sequoyah football teams’s Wing-T offense. Since he started in it, he has been watching extra film as often as possible, and it paid off this year with his best season yet.
“It’s something you get over time,” Majeed said. “Once you watch it on film, you can see it. I’m a visual learner. I have to watch it from a couple different angles if I want to understand something.”
Still, Majeed said, once the game got going, his second nature would kick in.
That was not always the case in track and field, where he would sometimes be forced to wait around for long stretches before having to make sure his limited attempts were up to standard.
“In football, you know what you have to do,” Majeed said. “You have things to remember, things to follow. Track is more repetition. You’ve done it a million times. It’s repetition motion for both. Track just has more mental aspects, and football is more physical.”
Majeed said both sports could be mentally draining over long seasons, so he had to work to stay at his best.
As much success as he had individually in track and field, and from a team perspective in football, he was not always pushed to his limits, so Majeed’s challenge was to push himself there.
“I was always better against better competition,” he said. “I knew, if we had an easier meet or were playing a worse team, I wouldn’t always be at my best. It was a mental challenge with myself. I needed to find a way to make sure I was getting better every time I went out there.”
When it came time to pick a college, Majeed’s desire to keep competing in both sports helped push him to stay local at Reinhardt. He said his eventual goal is to make the NFL, while still competing in track and field.
It starts with some lofty goals for his freshman season in Waleska.
“I want a ring right away in football,” Majeed said. “I think we have a team that can compete for that. For track, I want to go to a conference championship and show I can compete with some of the bigger divisions in private meets. I’m just looking to get better in both every day.”