Little Charlie might be small but he can sure sling a football
For the first three weeks this past season on his Oley Valley Midgets team in the Reading, Pennsylvania area, Charlie Maddocks was the starting safety but wasn’t the starter at his favorite position, quarterback.
Charles Maddocks III is only a sixth-grader and the projected starter was a seventh-grader and taller, so despite the fact the older boy got the job, Charlie never gave up hope.
He fetched water bottles, led the cheers and encouraged the offense when they came off the field. Little Charlie, as friends and family call him, showed maturity beyond his years. He decided not to say a word and became a leader from the bench.
Finally, after the coaches decided to give him a chance, Little Charlie got his opportunity, and the rest is history.
“I understand why they went with the other guy, but I knew I had better mechanics and ability to throw the ball,” Charlie told NFA Nation. “I did what I had to do and when I got my chance I did my best. I wasn’t going to let the other guy get that job back.”
Not only did the other guy not win back the job, Little Charlie led the team to the playoffs.
Why Little Charlie has better tools
A big part of the reason Little Charlie not only has the tools on the field but the mental toughness to overcome adversity like being passed over, is because of his attending the NFA Camp in Philadelphia the past two summers and five NFA area winter camps the past two years as well.
Two years ago when NFA Founder and President Darin Slack led the camp in Philadelphia, his words not only stuck with Little Charlie, but also with his father, Charles Maddocks, Jr.
“In his opening speech when Darin talked about having to be a servant and doing things that make teammates want to follow you if you’re going to lead your team. That made a big impression on Charlie and me,” said Charlie Jr., a wide receiver in the mid 1990’s at Philadelphia-area Bensalem High.
This past Philadelphia camp was run by JC Boice and this time Little Charlie made a huge impression on JC and the staff.
“I could see within the first hour of the camp that Charlie had a focus and a commitment way beyond his years. He was very coachable and a fierce little competitor, two traits I feel that quarterbacks MUST have, and he’s just a good kid. He has a warm smile that reflects his big heart. He was kind and helpful to the other kids in camp, and not one of those kids that feels its all about him. As a coach, he would be a young man I would want on my team and a player I would trust to represent my team as our quarterback.”
Not only does Little Charlie make huge impressions, he thinks huge for a boy of such a tender age.
“My number one goal is to go to Stanford, so I know I have to have good grades. By getting good grades I can concentrate on football and not have to worry about bringing a grade up,” said the straight-A honors student-athlete that takes an eighth-grade course in his favorite subject, algebra.
Living on a farm and family
Growing up in Oley on a farm with live animals to tend, and as the oldest of five brothers and an adopted sister, is a lot of responsibility for Charlie, yet he takes it all in stride.
“It’s awesome. There are a lot of chores having a lot of animals, but we eat good food.”
With all the snow in Eastern Pennsylvania right now one of the chores was even with 24 inches of snow on the ground proud papa Charlie Jr. reports Little Charlie, and his nine-year old brother Tanner Maddocks, who also attends NFA camps, shoveled a spot so they could throw the football.
What he gets from the camps
“They get me to understand the things I need to improve on and I’m struggling on like coverages,” said Charlie, who began playing football at age five.
“You really learn a lot, and there’s lots of work, but its fun. Its fun to practice football but you can’t just go there, you have to put in the work,” continued Charlie, who was one of a handful of kids nationwide invited to an Ohio camp after his performance at the first Philadelphia camp two years ago.
With the kind of attitude he has, and with the ability to sling a football 30-plus yards, Little Charlie Maddocks might not be giving up the starting quarterback job too soon.