Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Young West Virginia athlete looks to follow in father’s footsteps


Nicholas with his father Steve after winning the EPYFL Championship

SPRING MILLS, WV – Every youth football league has that one athlete who makes all the difference. For the Spring Mills Cardinals, playing in the Mountain Valley Youth Football League, that player is Nicholas Busky. At the age of nine Busky has already made a name for himself, not only in the Mountain Valley League but across the eastern panhandle of West Virginia all the way to Tennessee.

While it is way too early to start talking “Busky to WVU” his father is open to Nicholas playing at any school at any level, well except Auburn. Nicholas’ father, who is also his coach, played football at the highest collegiate level himself. Steve Busky played at Alabama from 1989 through 1992 and was the starting tight end on the Tides’ 1992 national championship team. But Steve is not the only one who has a say in Nicholas’ future, “Momma would love Nick to go to WVU, it’s a great program and it’s right down the road.”

No it is not common for us to write about athletes this young on BGS. However, over 110 touchdowns in the last two seasons is a statistic that will jump out at you no matter the age. He must have been given the ball every offensive play correct? No, not exactly. Nicholas simply has an uncanny ability to find the endzone (something you can see for yourself in the highlight video below). According to his father, and a feat I have seen first hand, Nicholas scores on over 80% of his touches.

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Nick #12, with his older brother Dominic #10, representing WV in the Battle in Rocky Top in Tennessee

The flagship program of the Mountain State will have some competition for Busky though. While he is still too young to officially attend camps Nicholas still shows off his skill set every summer at Clemson where Steve helps with camps on occasion. Nicholas’ father and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney played together at Alabama and still keep in contact.

But despite his promising future Steve knows all too well the risks that come with football. Steve played at Alabama with former NFL fullback Kevin Turner. Turner, who became the face of concussions in the NFL, died yesterday after a long battle with ALS which was contributed to playing football. “I’m not pushing football on Nicholas, ” Steve said while talking about Turner, “I do worry about the risks that are involved.” However, Steve also recognizes that getting Nicholas away from the game of football is very unlikely.

Nicholas still has five years before he reaches Spring Mills High School. But the exposure to the game and his athletic abilities already have him ahead of most kids his age.

If you are a fan of football no matter the age, the next ten minutes will be enjoyable to watch. Below is Nicholas’ 2015 season highlights.