Manhattan High senior Brandon Nowlin, a talented player on both sides of the ball for the football team this fall as well as a dedicated thrower during track season, will get one more chance to put on a Manhattan High football helmet for a game.
The senior was invited to play in the 41st annual Kansas Shrine Bowl in July in a ceremony Thursday afternoon.
Nowlin is the 58th player chosen from Manhattan to participate in the game. The last player to go was Deante Burton in 2012. Nowlin, the Indians’ center on offense and an interior lineman on defense, said he is honored to be selected to the roster and is looking forward to meeting other players.
“Meeting new friends, mainly being able to come together with some other guys around the state,” Nowlin said. “I’ve heard from coaches who played in other Shrine Bowls say you make life-long friends, so I’m really excited for that.
“I’m also excited to go to the children’s hospital and meet with some kids there, since we spend a day there as a team.”
Manhattan High athletic director Mike Marsh and head football coach Joe Schartz are both alumni of the Shrine Bowl.
Nowlin will play in the Shrine Bowl alongside and against some of the top players in Kansas at Carney Smith Stadium in Pittsburg on July 26. All proceeds from the Shrine Bowl events benefit Shrine Hospitals for Children, a health-care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals.
Other events in Pittsburg that week include a marching band camp, a cheer camp, a high school football combine and an all-star cross country race.
Nowlin said he is looking forward to playing football again.
“Just the experience itself is going to be fun, to be able to play in a game again,” he said. “I do miss it — I’d give anything to play again with my senior football teammates.”
Nowlin said he is likely to continue his football career in college, and is still looking at all his options.
“I think I’m going to walk on to a smaller school for football and see if they’ll let me do track too, as a secondary sport,” he said. “But I think I’m going to go back to football, I can’t leave it.
“I would like to stay close, but it would also be nice to get out of Kansas and get a fresh start, to have some new experiences and meet some new people.”