Max Scharping - Northern Illinois - Offensive Line

Updated: Nov 13, 2018

Max Scharping is a 2nd Team CoSIDA Academic All-American, a 3-time Academic All-Mid-American Conference honoree and a MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete (2015, ’16, ’17). Scharping, a Campbell Trophy Finalist in 2018, is one of NIU’s team leaders in community service. Whether it’s working at elementary schools, Camp Power events, hospital visits or natural disaster clean ups, he brings a fun and positive energy to those activities.


  • 2017 second team CoSIDA Academic All-American

  • Three-time Academic All-MAC honoree and MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete (2015, 2016 and 2017)

  • 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District selection

  • 2018 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy Finalist


  • Preseason second-team All-American by USA Today

  • Two-time first team All-MAC selection (2016 & 2017)

  • Honorable mention sophomore All-American by CampusInsiders

  • FWAA Freshman All-American in 2015


Max Scharping is one of the NIU team leaders in community service, having illustrated this throughout his NIU career by volunteering for a multitude of events and is one of the first to volunteer for all opportunities that arise. He does not limit himself to one organization or type of community service, he works with children, the elderly, ill, people hit by hardships and more.  He approaches all with a great attitude and brings fun and enjoyment to those activities.


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