Lions Profile: Mac Shine

Posted on June 6, 2013

This week’s profile is from one of the men who epitomises the team first nature of the Lions: James “Mac” Shine. Whatever the Lions need to do to succeed, Mac is happy to play his part. Starting his career at offensive line, before moving to tight end, then receiver, Mac answered the call to hang up the cleats and become Offensive Co-Ordinator for the 2012 team. Taking over the reigns of a storied offensive program was always going to be a challenge, but Mac more than stepped up to the challenge. Adding his flavour to the attack, the 2012 team was terrifying on the field, despite breaking in a young receiving corp and youthful running backs. A strong communicator, with attention to detail and an analytical mind, Mac’s impact on the team, whether it be coaching Cubs or his 2012 efforts is keenly felt.

A physical possession type receiver, Mac was solid at moving the chains

How long have you been playing for?

10 seasons as a player, although last year I hung up the cleats to take over the role of Offensive Co-ordinator.

What position?

Started as Centre and then moved to Guard. I then made the shift to the receiving corps, where I challenged the notion that receivers have to be fast to be successful.

What is your sporting background?

Grew up playing basketball before I stumbled onto American Football and never looked back. I also play soccer for a local team.

Mac at Center for the Cubs during the 2001 championship game

What do you like about the game?

Football is the ultimate team sport – every player has a unique and well-defined role, but the game only works if everyone buys into the whole and trusts their team-mates. I also love the blend of complex and precise play design with the brutal nature of high-speed impact.

What do you find the biggest challenge of the game?

Playing with your head but also letting your body react in the moment.

Where do you hope to go with the sport?

I hope to learn more about my role as a coach and hopefully teach some of the younger players how to the play the game like a Lion.

Favourite pre game music?

Rage Against The Machine – Renegades of Funk.

Favourite pre game food?

Palak paneer.

Favourite Lions memory?

The moments after each of our Championship victories – I love the chaos that surrounds the final whistle as everyone rushes around trying to make sure they celebrate with as many of their team-mates as they can find.

As a coach, Mac's biggest weakness is his inability to control his TD celebrations, hat throwing and coming onto the field.

Toughest opponent you ever faced as a Lion?

The Seahawks defence in my first year as Centre (2001). They were big, fast and angry.

Favourite opposition to play against?

UTS. No question.

Favourite movie?

My favourite football movie is Any Given Sunday. I can quote it for you if you’d like.

You'll need more than an arm tackle to bring down Dr Beef.