Football is a way of life for Republic County High School’s Garrett Siemsen. His love for the game and for his teammates is front and center when he talks about being part of this team.
“I have always loved contact. Hitting pads all day in practice and then smashing heads on Friday nights has always been something I love doing. I also love the brotherhood that football provides. No matter where you are or what you need you can always rely on one of your football buddies
to be there for you and have your back,” said Siemsen.
Since the first grade, Siemsen has made an impact at
“I think my first time playing football was in first grade. I played flag football for a local organization. We played six or seven games in the fall on Sunday afternoons,”
Also a wrestler and baseball players, Siemsen said he’s played all nine position in baseball at some point in
“I wrestle in the winter and play baseball in the spring. On the baseball field I typically play catcher and center field. However, I have played all nine positions,” said Siemsen.
As for his teammates in football, Siemsen said they all bring something to the team.
“The fastest player on my team is probably our running back Collin Dahl. I would like to think I hit the hardest but our defensive end Ryan Beavers hits pretty hard. I don’t think there is a funniest person in the locker room per say but I think our team as a whole we feed off of each other which gets some good laughter going,” said Siemsen.
Siemsen said he takes a linebacker approach to playing the fullback position.
“I definitely take the linebacker mentality to fullback. I am more of a downhill runner and just like to hit people, so I use my LB mentality at FB by just running them over because I am not much of a sidestep and juke type of runner,” said Siemsen.
The future for this talented young man is bright. Whether it’s in football or academics, Siemsen is working hard at both to insure a solid foundation for his future.
“I would like to play football after high school, but I have not decided where yet. I also want to get an ag degree of some sort and come back to Belleville and farm,” said Siemsen. “Work as hard in the classroom as you do on the field, and it will pay off in the end. I know that I am not the best football player out there but working hard in the classroom will help me the same or if not more in life than what I do on the field.”