There’s no doubt that Trinity’s football team works hard as a unit every day, but some of them deserve an individual spotlight every now and then. Head coach Jerheme Urban says Mitchell Globe, senior linebacker, has been an exemplar of the Tiger football team over the past three years.
Globe has been playing and excelling at the linebacker position since well before his time at Trinity.
“I’ve been playing at linebacker really all throughout my life. I tried to play tackle football as soon as I could. I think that was about fourth grade,” Globe said.
Globe was recruited for Trinity football by assistant coach Jim Dawson. Though originally from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, Globe has lived in San Antonio since he was fourteen, and played high school football at Tom C. Clark High School.
“Coach Dawson reached out to me and, the more I found out about Trinity, the more I realized it was a great fit,” Globe said.
Globe marveled over his first year at Trinity and the influence he felt from his older teammates.
“It’s great. As a first-year, you get to look up to all these older guys,” Globe said.
However, Urban recalls that, even as a first-year, Globe stood out and above his teammates in terms of energy and intensity.
“From the first day Mitch walked on campus as a first-year, he has brought an intensity and practice tempo second to none,” Urban said.
By his sophomore year, Mitch was hitting the field as a starter and showing a level of independence and intrapersonal competition befitting a leader.
“His greatest achievement was stepping into a starting role as a sophomore and playing to his potential rather than comparing himself to the upperclassmen around him and the linebackers that came before him,” said Brant McAdams, assistant coach and defensive coordinator.
The leadership qualities that Globe possessed early on have manifested in his position on the team now as a senior and role model to the younger players. Though he embraces this status, he made sure to emphasize the camaraderie he feels foremost with all of his teammates.
“As a senior, I’m taking on more of a leadership role, and that’s cool because you get to be friends with these guys but, at the same time, you get to help them out and show them the ropes. They’re smart guys. They pick it up quick,” Globe said.
McAdams also commented on Globe’s growth as a leader and the developing ways in which he has demonstrated it on the field.
“His leadership has improved over his career from being the lead by example to developing into the motivational and accountability leader,” McAdams said.
Globe’s presence on the field is not limited to his capacity as a leader. Rather, his coaches expressed that his qualities are even more overwhelming at his field position.
“He plays with a true, reckless abandonment between the white lines and is constantly trying to improve his craft. His physicality and intensity are definitely two of his calling cards,” Urban said.
“Mitch is a very physical football player and he plays every play with maximum effort, which sets the tone every day for the guys on defense. He is a walking example of bringing your best to every class, meeting and practice,” McAdams said.
The coaches summed up Globe’s athletic aggression and skills eloquently; his own words are more succinct.
“I like to hit people,” Globe said.
Globe’s energy and execution have been sources of motivation for others involved in the program over the years. Globe’s competitive spirit and the influence it has over his fellow teammates takes being a “˜team player’ to a higher level.
“I believe that many players and coaches have fed off of Mitch’s enthusiasm over the last three years. He is always a team-first player and strives to lead by example. We can count on Mitch to bring energy every single day,” Urban said.
McAdams commented that Globe’s enthusiasm and athletic ability fosters a similar sense of determination in the players who surround him on the field.
“On the football field, you only have one choice to respond to Mitch’s influence: Bring your best effort and intensity. If you don’t, it becomes obvious quickly that you won’t outplay him,” McAdams said.
Globe commented continuously on his appreciation for the environment that the coaching staff has created for the team. He expressed additional gratitude to the kind of collegiate experience that Trinity has offered him as a player.
“It’s a great type of team Coach Urb runs. It’s very character-focused. He wants to make each man on the team a better man and he does that with love,” Globe said. “It’s a great atmosphere to be a part of. It’s fun every day. We’ve got an ex-NFL stud coaching, we’ve got coach [Mike] Clark who was the top strength and conditioning expert around the whole national league [plus] a staff with tons of experience and knowledge. It’s top of the line.”
At the beginning of his senior year, Globe has already made some impressive strides as a TU football player, and all signs point to another great year for him as a Tiger.
“Some of Mitch’s achievements will be a four-year letterman and three-year starter. He has been recognized as an All-Conference player the last two seasons and will look to do the same this fall as we enter into the SAA,” Urban said.