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Superior Senior Shines in Football & Life with Autism

Chelsie Brown
Created: October 01, 2019 09:54 PM

If the pictures don’t say enough, the swarm by his teammates might say it all. A lot of students at Superior High School were more than excited to see senior Brock Bergstrom win homecoming king last Friday.

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"He’s the heart and soul of our team. Every kid in this school loves him," said Superior football head coach Bob DeMeyer.

Bergstrom is a varsity football captain for the Spartans. He also is a part of the SHS pep band and a proud member of the swim and dive team during the winter. Bergstrom also has autism. Diagnosed at just over the age of four, at one point in his life he was non-verbal, but a lot has changed since then.

"You can hear his voice anywhere around the field," explained fellow senior captain Brenna Morrissey. "The coaches are talking about how we need to get more energy into practice and he’s always the first one to step in there. Sprinting back to the huddle after reps," he added.

"He’s the one that gets in front of the team and gets everyone jacked up and he’s very good at it," said DeMeyer.

Just last week Bergstrom even delivered a speech in front of the entire school before the Spartans 36-14 homecoming victory against Chippewa Falls.

"It is an amazing honor as well as being captain because you have all these little kids looking up to you," Bergstrom said about winning homecoming king.

Although football isn’t a recommended sport for kids with autism, it’s changed Bergstrom’s life. Since starting it in the fourth grade, it’s unlocked a passion and light in him. It’s also given him a set of friends that have helped him fit into Superior High School.

"Basically the physicality the urgency," is what Bergstrom likes about playing football. "Having fun with your friends. It's basically a fraternal brotherhood," he added about the team.

Being named captain wasn’t a feel-good gesture, by his teammates and coaches. They say he earned it. By not missing an off-season workout, he’s earned the respect and admiration from his team to take on his leadership role.

"The thing that makes Brock so special is he’s so willing to learn and do whatever it takes. We talk about being a great teammates and Brock is a model of what a great teammate is," said DeMeyer.

Most would call him an inspiration. For Bergstrom, he says he’s just doing what makes him happy.

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Chelsie Brown

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