Football honors run in genes

VALE – The Fulwyler name in Vale football lore has again appeared as this season’s honors were named.

Playing the position of linebacker, Vale senior Jared Fulwyler was recently named Defensive Player of the Year for the Eastern Oregon League.

This was not the first time the Fulwyler name has appeared on local football listings of the best players.

Flash back to 1999 and another Fulwyler received end of the year honors. Jared’s father, Jasin, picked up 3A All-State honors as a first team selection as guard and linebacker. He also shared Player of the Year in 2000 for the Greater Oregon League. At the time, Vale was a member of the GOL.

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“My son is definitely a better player than I was,” said proud father Jasin. “He has always played football since he was little and I could tell he had a future in football.”

Jasin stated his son has been fun to watch growing up and on the field.

“He has never been afraid to hit someone,” Jasin said.

Son Jared credits much of his success both on and off the field to dad.

“My father has always been at my games and helping me out with tips,” said Jared. “Ever since I started high school, my goal was always to be better than my dad was when he was in high school.”

According to Jared, winning the same award as his father is “pretty cool.”

Like his father, Jared enjoyed the defensive side of the ball in the game.

In addition to father and son, the bloodline drifts back even farther. Jasin’s great uncles, Jared’s great great uncles also played football locally. Joe and Dick Fulwyler were stars on the football field with Joe going on to be drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1954.

Will the next generation of Fulwylers continue with the accolades on the field?

“I think we are quite a few years off before we start talking about that,” said father Jasin. “I am just proud of what Jared has done.”

If you have an idea for a great story, let us know [email protected]. Thank you to TJ Presley for the tip and Debbie Fulwyler for the newspaper clippings.