‘Oakland University’s made history’
Macomb native responsible for starting up college football team
By Mark Vest
Posted November 26, 2013
While they may never realize it, if a football team at Oakland University still exists 50 years from now, the players and supporters of the program could look back on a decision by Macomb resident David Brosky for the reason they were given the opportunity to experience Oakland football.
After playing high school football at Macomb Lutheran North, Brosky wanted the opportunity to continue playing the sport.
Instead of choosing a college that had a football team, Brosky decided to try to take football to his school of choice, Oakland.
After doing some research, the best and only legitimate option to do that was by starting a club football team. Brosky decided to put some flyers out around campus to find out if others might share his interest in having a football team at Oakland.
Nic Bongers, who became the club advisor, responded to the flyer. And with the help of Bongers and other teammates, Brosky, who is the club president, was eventually able to assemble Oakland University’s first-ever football team.
From Brosky’s perspective, the process he went through to field that team was well worth it.
“It was stressful, but I would not trade any of it,” said Brosky, who played wide receiver and safety for the team. “I met a lot (of) great guys, and as a team, Oakland University’s made history. It’s great to be a part of that.”
While Brosky’s efforts were rewarded, there were some challenges along the way. After Brosky initially put out the flyers, the response wasn’t exactly overwhelming.
Brosky said only three people responded after the first month of having posted the flyers, and the lack of response “discouraged” him. Other challenges along the way also made the process a “difficult” one at times, and while the easy thing to do may have been to just quit and move on from the idea, Brosky opted to persevere.
“That’s just not like me to quit,” he said. “When I put my mind on something, I like to get it done. I had a feeling. I know I’m not the only one that wants to play football on this campus. There were a lot of guys from around the area, like all the schools in Lake Orion, Oxford, even from (the) Macomb side — Dakota, (Utica) Eisenhower. I really thought I’d get the support from them. I just had a good feeling about it.”
Aside from Brosky’s perseverance paying off, the success Oakland had on the field in its debut season was something not a lot of people saw coming, as the Grizzlies came away with a regular-season record of 5-2 in the National Club Football Association (NCFA).
“It was really awesome to see that we could compete — even (in) our first year — compete with some of the best teams in this league we’re in,” he said. “ (The) Great Lakes (Conference) is separated into two sides; we’re the east side. The east side had the national runner-up from last year, Miami (Ohio), Ohio State, who was top-five last year, and Michigan-Flint, who was top-10 last year. It’s one of the toughest conferences. Fact that we (competed) with them, and we actually beat a couple of them, really shows how serious this organization is.
“We’re here to prove something but also, at the same time, have fun. It’s really awesome. I think it shocked a lot of people, including ourselves.”
Even when his playing days are over, Brosky will continue to support the program he helped to create.
“I really hope this is part of my life, and I can help out any way possible,” he said. “This is something very important to me, very dear to me. I’d like to be a part of it. It would be such a great thing to stay with it, stay a part of it.”
About the author
Mark Vest is on the sports beat at C&G Newspapers. He covers high school sports for the Fraser-Clinton Chronicle and Grosse Pointe Times. In the past couple years or so, he has also began to cover collegiate sports for schools such as the University of Detroit Mercy, Oakland University, Wayne State University, Macomb Community College and Oakland Community College. Vest has worked at C&G Newspapers since 2011 and attended Oakland University and Oakland Community College.
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