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WesFILES Player: Jude Lindberg '19, A Leader On and Off the Field

Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18
Photo Courtesy of Jonas Powell '18

Throughout Jude Lindberg's life, he has looked up to both his father and brother as mentors on and off the field. Jude talks about the duo with extreme admiration, "They don't care how other people view them. They are just themselves all the time. They never give in to pressure from other people. They do things the right way, no matter what the situation is. They will always hold you accountable; they will tell you if you are doing something wrong and then guide you in the right way. They are great leaders."

Because of the influences of his father and brother, Jude has grown up worrying little about the judgment of others. When he began playing football, a sport that had seen three generations of Lindberg's play at the collegiate level, he was reassured by his parents; "If you don't want to play football, you don't have to." Despite the reassurance, and trying other sports, Jude found the same passion for the sport that meant so much to his family. 

When Jude began the process of looking at colleges, he knew that there was potential to follow in the footsteps of the four generations before him, and attend the same school they did (University of Pennslyvania). But, the idea of diverging from this family legacy was an open option for Jude thanks to the support of his family.  Jude looked at a lot of schools but ultimately decided that the Division III environment was the perfect fit for him. Pushing aside any thoughts or worries that people had about Jude's decision, he felt confident in blazing his own path and coming to Wesleyan.

Jude's impact on the field was felt early on at Wesleyan as he recorded 23 tackles (15 solo; 8 assists), three sacks and six tackles-for-loss in his first year. In addition to making an impact on the field, Jude exemplified the phrase 'team player,' by caring about the success of his team as a whole and not just his individual contributions. The leadership and guidance that his father and brother had once given to him were now being transferred from Jude to his teammates.

Head Coach Dan DiCenzo stated, "Jude is a guy that shows up and does his job every day. He loves to play and loves to compete. He doesn't care if he gets any recognition, he just wants to help the team be successful. He has been a leader in the classroom and on the team since the day he stepped on campus."

Early during Jude's sophomore year campaign, he broke a bone in his hand and had to wear a cast for several weeks. When discussing this injury, Jude explained it as dealing with adversity rather than having a challenge standing in his way. DiCenzo explained that, "Not only did he not miss any games, but he also continued to do the long snapping with just one hand. It was one of the more impressive things I have ever seen as a coach. Even when injured, he wanted to do everything he could to help the team. He is an extremely impressive young man."

Although this is Jude's final season with the Cardinals, his positive contributions both on and off the field will serve as motivation for the team for years to come.

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FAVORITES

  • Book: The Kite Runner
  • Movie: Hotrod
  • Professor: Balu, Adjunct Professor of Music
  • Music: Rap
  • Band/Artist: Mike Jenkins
  • Pro Athlete: Hakeem Valles
  • TV Show: The Leftovers
  • Food: Buffalo wings & French onion soup
  • Started Football: Age eight
  • Best Kept Secret: Still sleeps with black stuffed dog
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