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Woodford Times - Peoria, IL
  • Nachtrieb signs to play football for Hamiline

  • Metamora Township High School senior Brendan Nachtrieb signed a letter of intent to play football at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.

    The Redbird quarterback helped MTHS make the playoffs his junior year in the 2012 season but a shoulder injury kept him off the field in 2013 for his senior year.
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  • Metamora Township High School senior Brendan Nachtrieb signed a letter of intent to play football at Hamline University in St. Paul, Minn.
    The Redbird quarterback helped MTHS make the playoffs his junior year in the 2012 season but a shoulder injury kept him off the field in 2013 for his senior year.
    The injury is healed and Nachtrieb is ready to get back on the field.
    “It’s nice to able to through and do a lot of things pain free. Coming back from an injury and being cheated out of last year and being able to play at the next level feels great,” Nachtrieb said.
    With the injury, Nachtrieb said a lot of schools stopped looking at him as a recruit but Hamline kept on him, if not even more than before.
    “I was looking at a couple of schools but with the injury process they put me off and I was kind of bummed but Hamline started heavily recruiting me during the injury process and they thought they could get a steal on me with being injured and a lot of schools dropping me,” Nachtrieb said. “They still believed in me as an athlete so it felt good.”
    Nachtrieb said his time as a Redbird helped him prepare for advancing to the college level.
    Nachtrieb was under the instruction of head coach Pat Ryan for four years on the team.
    “You know, Metamora football has a tradition and when you play here you don’t get the same effect as the kids that think about Metamora and sitting out this year really showed me what Metamora football is all about,” Nachtrieb said.
    “It does make you love the game. Metamora has a really strong vibe and I’ve learned a lot here.”
    Nachtrieb will aim to receive a major in forensic science at Hamline.
    He said that a lot of universities are dropping the subject but Hamline  remains solid in the major.
    To prepare for his years ahead at Hamline, Nachtrieb said he is looking to start a workout regiment at the end of May to get into the best shape of his life.
    Ryan, said that he and the whole school are proud of Nachtrieb moving on.
    Page 2 of 2 - “Anytime we have a player go on and wants to continue to play it’s always exciting and it will be a good transition for him,” Ryan said.
    “The opportunity is there and it seems like a great school. That’s what it’s all about, moving forward.”
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