BUTTE — Every year the rosters for the Montana East-West Shrine Game are announced on Christmas Day. Many players knew their spot on the team since December, but not Nate Brunett.
The Jefferson running back was listed as an alternate, but that didn’t last long.
Brunett is now on the active roster and this is more than a game for him. This is a family affair that is turning into a legacy.
“I was sitting in the locker room for track, I wasn’t really expecting the phone call,” Brunett said. “(West Team coach Kyle) Mihelish gave me a call and I answered it and he said, ‘Would you want to be in the Shrine Game?’ And I was like, ‘Heck yeah.'”
“My dad played, my brother played, they’re all big football players. If I could follow in their footsteps I will,” Brunett added. “This is a big deal. This game, it’s not about us, it’s about the kids. It’s going to be a memory.”