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Demons’ Brunk bound for SUNY Maritime

Jeff Caspersen
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Jeff Caspersen Post IndependentGlenwood Springs High School senior Michael Brunk, right, signs his letter of intent to attend State University of New York Maritime College. Glenwood Springs football head coach Rocky Whitworth is seated next to him.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Military service runs in Michael Brunk’s family.

“My aunt was the highest-ranking woman in the Navy at one point,” the Glenwood Springs High School senior relayed. “My grandpa did Army ROTC [Reserve Officers’ Training Corps] in college and almost went to Vietnam, but he hurt his knee. My great-grandpa fought in Iwo Jima and Guam, so it’s kind of a rich history.”

It’s a family tradition Brunk wants to extend. And he’ll do just that at State University of New York Maritime College in Throgs Neck, N.Y., where he’ll get a start on his military career – and play football.

“I was looking for a school where I could do an ROTC program,” he said. “I wanted a good academic school, and a place where I could play football. I got on campus, and I knew it was for me right when I got on. It’s a beautiful campus. It’s right on the water.”

Brunk, who will likely play defensive end for SUNY Maritime football team, plans to enroll in the school’s marine operations-deck license program.

“With a deck license, I can navigate ships after, and the Navy will obviously help with that, too,” he said. “It’s kind of everything I want. After I get out of the Navy, I’d like to maybe navigate a cruise liner. That’d be pretty cool.”

Juggling football, ROTC and school will be no easy feat for Brunk, who seems eager for the challenge.

“It’s going to be tough, but I play three to four sports a year and I keep a 3.6 [GPA] while doing various things in the community, so I think I can handle it,” he said.

He has a believer in Glenwood Springs High School football head coach Rocky Whitworth.

“One of the great things about Michael, besides just his work ethic, his citizenship, his doing all the small things to be a good athlete, he’s a good student and a good person,” the veteran coach lauded. “Michael’s had a vision. He’s had a plan. That’s such a good, strong, mature thing to have that plan. He’s so deserving of this situation. Basically, his plan has worked out.”

Brunk was also recruited by various colleges to play ice hockey and lacrosse.

His exploits on the football field included a trip to the 2010 Class 3A title game with the Demons. He played on both the offensive and defensive lines for Glenwood during his varsity career.

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