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From Football to Family

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At only three months old, Theo Muellenberg was referring to his dad as coach. 

Theo was on the sideline as a manager starting in third grade. Now, he is an all conference linebacker on a team heading to Camp Randall this Thursday.

" Enjoy every minute because it goes really fast from my perspective." 

That's the advice Rick Muellenberg has been telling his son Theo since he was young.

"We never really were worried about it," Theo said. " We were focused on having fun, and now that it's our last game it really sets in that it's our lasts game." 

That game is the State Championship game, which makes it hard not to bring football back home. 

" I let him bring it up," Rick said.  " That way I am not forcing the issue. Otherwise, I am just dad. It does come up quite a bit obviously, and my wife is very involved with all of our team meals and everything so there is a lot of football that gets talked around our house." 

As these four years are coming to a close, both dad and son are reflecting on their favorite memories. 

" At state two years a go, he was our long snapper and I remember being pretty nervous that he was going to have to snap on the big stage, but did a nice job there," Rick said. 

" Winning state the last time when I was a sophomore because I got to be apart of that and be on the special teams for that and he was able to coach me, " Theo said. 

There is still a game to be played, but winning the State Championship Theo's senior year would top them all. 

" It is hard to describe," Rick said. " I think I will just be overjoyed, elated if we are able to do that. I think I will probably be overcome with emotion quite honestly." 


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