Former Pittsburg QB Curtis on the game change and TCU soccer dedication –

Curtis has played baseball at Neosho County Community College for the past two years.

June 13, 2020, 8:09 am

Jacob Lenard

Posted: Jun 13, 2020 at 8:09 am

After two years of baseball at Neosho County Community College, former Pittsburgh star Chase Curtis returns to the grid and pledges to play football at TCU.

"Since the Fall Ball of my junior year at Neosho, I've been thinking about playing football and wanting to play football again," says Curtis.

"When he spoke to him, even when he got back to the Shrine Bowl, he thought that football was still a little preoccupied him," said Tom Nickelson, Pittsburg High School football head coach.

Curtis was an all-state player at Pittsburg High, throwing more than 1,300 yards and 17 touchdowns in his senior year.

Despite being successful, he said that after graduating from high school, he didn't feel physically ready for college football.

"Any weight he gained during the school year he would lose in the summer," Nickelson says of Curtis. "He played soccer, weights and fitness, he played basketball, he played double-headed baseball games every night." It was just ragged. "

Now he's grown a few inches and gained about 30 pounds.

"I just feel a lot safer now," adds Curtis.

"It was always big, but now it is filling up," added Nickelson. "He's a good solid weight, lots of muscle. He's faster. I think this will help him mentally even more."

While it will be an adjustment for Curtis, he will appreciate the opportunity to put the helmet back on and get to work.

"It's just a completely different game, especially from the quarterback position, "concludes Curtis." It's getting weird, I haven't put a pair of shoulder pads on in a long time. It gets weird getting used to it. That means a lot. I am very blessed and very happy to have this opportunity. It just means a lot to me and I'm just looking forward to going out and hoping to make people proud again here. "



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