The choice for Teegan Brumbaugh came down to 4-H or football, and the former Churubusco standout chose a finale on the gridiron. A 10-year veteran of 4-H and a three-year starter at outside linebacker for the Eagles, Brumbaugh was calling it quits this year in both endeavors.
I figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Brumbaugh said of playing in the North-South All-Star game tonight in Indianapolis. I was really torn. I will never show at the county fair again. But I wanted to represent my school and my friends and family and show that all my hard work pays off. It was a very tough decision, but I figured it was the best thing for me to go and represent my school.
I feel really fortunate and really special that I was chosen. It feels like I did a big thing for my school, even though there have been other (all-stars) from Busco in the past. I still feel fortunate.
An All-NECC and all-state football standout, Brumbaugh has also been a staple in 4-H and is a former state champion in showing beef, cattle and sheep.
The Brumbaughs are one of the big names in the Noble County 4-H, and this is a pretty big sacrifice to go down there and play football, Churubusco coach Paul Sade said. I saw when it was the same week, I figured he wasn’t going to be able to go. I figured he would have to forego the all-star game to go to the fair. He decided he has done the fair his whole life, and this is an opportunity for him to do something he has never done. I was pretty impressed that he is giving up something that has been part of his life for 10 years to go play (football) one more time.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Brumbaugh also has chosen not to continue playing football in college and will join another family tradition at Purdue. His two sisters preceded him on the West Lafayette campus.
Sade said it wasn’t because of a lack of opportunities for Brumbaugh, who had the interest of some local colleges to play football.
I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do and what I wanted to major in, so that kind of tied in, said Brumbaugh, who is undecided on a major. I figured it I knew what I wanted to do then I would have gone and played somewhere. But I didn’t want to take on the task of figuring out what I wanted to do and trying to play football at the same time. I felt like I wouldn’t be putting in my 100 percent into the team and it would be drawing me back from my schoolwork too.
Farming and football have simply gone hand-in-hand Brumbaugh’s entire life growing up on his family’s farm.
I feel like the farm gave me a pretty good mental attitude, where you always have to keep working and keep driving to finish one thing and don’t leave something undone, Brumbaugh said. You have always had to finish a task at hand and drive to be the best. In 4-H, for instance, we were raised not to just get in there and participate. You want to drive to be the best and give it your all.