Nycholas “Brock” McDaniel, a senior at Sunnyside High School, has been selected to play in the Third Annual Indigenous Bowl that will be played on Dec. 5 in Minneapolis at U.S. Bank Stadium — where the Minnesota Vikings play their home games.
McDaniel, nicknamed after pro wrestler Brock Lesnar because of his flat-top crew cut, was a senior captain for the Blue Devils’ 6-4 team this season. Sunnyside coach Glenn Posey relied on McDaniel to help the Blue Devils achieve their first winning season since 2015.
McDaniel, who is part of the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe, finished with 821 yards rushing on 107 carries with 12 touchdowns this season.
“This means so much to me because being a Native American student-athlete is very rare to find,” McDaniel told AllSportsTucson.com. “And giving me this opportunity to play another game is a great way to try and gain more interest from colleges.
“Just being able to represent my tribe and my community it’s overall a huge blessing. I am grateful for my opportunity.”
The Indigenous Bowl is organized by the 7G Foundation to further the goal of molding the next seven generations of Native leaders through education, athletics, culture and real-world support.
The Indigenous Bowl, first played in in 2017, is open to high school seniors of Native American descent who have not yet enrolled full-time in college. The event is an opportunity for young, indigenous athletes to showcase their talent on the football field, work with coaches and mentors, and develop the skills necessary to move to the next level of competition.
AllSportsTucson.com preseason interview with McDaniel:
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District