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BEA’s Pirsig tabbed for grid all-star game

By Staff | May 15, 2011

Jonah Pirsig

Buccaneer football player Jonah Pirsig has been attracting a lot of attention from colleges that want the Blue Earth Area junior to play for them after his graduation in 2012.

Now, there is someone else who wants him to play football for them.

The U.S. Army.

U.S. Army Captain Brian W. Burbank, of Mankato, and two of his staff, were at BEA High School last week for a surprise visit.

While some students thought the three men in uniform were there to recruit high school students into the army, they were there for a different sort of recruitment.

During lunch, Captain Burbank called Pirsig forward and announced that the Buc lineman was one of 400 high school players from across the nation who was nominated to play in a national all-star game.

The game is the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 7, 2012, in the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It will be broadcast live on NBC TV.

Pirsig, who knew nothing of the nomination, was doubly surprised by members of his family also being in attendance at the announcement ceremony.

“Wow,” he said. “This is really something; I guess all I can say is thank you.”

Captain Burbank says 90 of the 400 players will actually be selected to play in the bowl game.

“But, even to be nominated is quite an honor,” he told the students, who had given their classmate a standing ovation when the announcement was made. “It means he is one of the top 400 best high school football players in the country.”