“Many nights, countless nights, my mom would stay up washing my dirty socks and doing laundry so I could go to practice the next morning. In retrospect, I realize they didn’t have to any of this, but they did. They did it so I could achieve my dreams.” Garrett brumfield, University High offensive lineman
When a football player receives a national honor, the focus typically stays on the athlete.
University High offensive lineman Garrett Brumfield made the announcement of his selection to play in the 2014 Under Armour All-America game Jan. 2 in Petersburg, Fla., about others, including family and teammates.
After slipping on the Under Armour jersey during a school pep rally Friday afternoon, Brumfield opened his speech by saying his wished the jersey was big enough for his teammates, coaches, teachers and classmates.
“Without my mom and dad, none of this would be possible,” Brumfield said. “There were many times when my dad drove us three states away just so I could go to a football camp.
“Many nights, countless nights, my mom would stay up washing my dirty socks and doing laundry so I could go to practice the next morning. In retrospect, I realize they didn’t have to any of this, but they did. They did it so I could achieve my dreams.”
Brumfield, who committed to LSU in April, follows a notable line of local players who have competed in the Under Armour game.
Former Redemptorist star La’el Collins, now an LSU starter, played in 2011.
Ex-Dutchtown standout Landon Collins, now of Alabama, played in 2012, while one of Brumfield’s teammates and another current Alabama player, Tim Williams, played last season.
Brumfield’s parents, Geneva and F. Paul Brumfield, were seated nearby as he spoke. His father broke down and cried briefly.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” F. Paul Brumfield said. “I got caught in the moment.”
UHS coach Chad Mahaffey also summed up how significant honor it is.
“Throughout the country, there are 2 million seniors playing (high school) football, and to be in the top 90 selected is just an incredible honor,” Mahaffey told the group. “It’s a really special honor.”
Brumfield said he received the initial invitation to the Under Armour game in April, but noted that, “Today is where it all became a reality. Before now, it had been about filling out forms and getting airline tickets set. Today, it all came together.”
The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Brumfield talked with reporters about his desire to line up and play against some of the other top players in the nation. Again, he stressed the importance of who he will be playing for.
“I think this is a great opportunity, as I said in my speech, to represent everyone who has helped me along in my journey,” Brumfield said.
“It’s a great prize for all the work I’ve done. But it’s not over yet. My team and I are still going to work hard every week.”