Jeremy Iron and Gene Big Soldier III have officially signed away their Pawhuska orange for some Haskell purple.
On Feb. 7 at Pawhuska High School the two signed their letters of intent to play football at Haskell Indian Nations University.
“I’m pretty excited,” Iron said. “I’m ready to pad up. I miss not being in football pads, and football season, so when I get up there I’ll be itching to get back in.”
The two are both football players and wrestlers. Iron, 18, was an offensive lineman on the football team and Big Solider, 17, a defensive end and wide receiver.
The two young Osages signed their letters in front of close family, friends, teammates and coaches.
Danielle Cass, Big Soldier’s mother, said she’s ecstatic for her son as she tried to hold back tears.
“I’m glad, he loves football, I’m just excited for him. He’s the oldest, he’s E.lom.pah, so that’s what you want, you want them to go do what they want, and it’s a dream for him,” she said. “…I can’t wait, he’s ready to start that new phase of his life, and all of our family’s here and his friends, the water girls on the football team, I’m just excited for him.”
Arthusa Iron, Iron’s mother, said she’s watched the boys grow up in their respective sports and is happy for them.
She said Iron deserves the opportunity he’s been given.
“He worked hard and he’s a dedicated athlete, I’m also proud of Gene, they came up together and I’m just glad to see them make such a good decision,” she said. “I want them to go down there and do well, as usually when you’re playing that game, kick some tail.”
Iron was named to the Oklahoma Coaches Association’s 2012 All-State Football Team-East Offense. In wrestling he qualified for the state wrestling meet his sophomore and junior year.
Big Solider was chosen as an All-Area and All-District defensive end this year and qualified for the state-wrestling meet as a junior and hopes to win an individual state title this season.
The two extended their thanks to both of their mothers, family and friends.
Cass said the Quarterback boys and others made the occasion a joyous one and for that she too was thankful.
Cass added that she and her family have already talked about plans to watch her son play some college football.
“We’ve already said that our Saturdays are going to be football Saturdays with Gene now and now like our Friday nights for football is for Pawhuska huskies and now our Saturdays are going to be Haskell Indian Days,” she said. “We’re going to be going to every game.”