The Marshfield Sharks are the newest semi-pro football team in Wisconsin. But football isn't a 24/7 commitment for these players. Yet their background in the sport is what makes them unique.
"I don't think I ever stopped playing competitively," Sharks' co-founder and strong safety Kirk Prescott said.
Prescott has played competitive football since he was an eight-year-old in Detroit.
"Football was my way out. Football was my outlet, football was all I ever wanted to do," Prescott said. "Back home, my mom would try to work, and my dad wasn't really there so I had to play football, that was my survival."
Prescott is also studying to become a welder. The 28-year-old player is about to graduate from Mid-state Technical College.
"(My teammates would say) 'If you don't go to class,we will hunt you down.' And this is Wisconsin, I don't want to be hunted down by them guys," Prescott said. "They know how to hunt. So I'll go to class."
The Sharks will play their home games here at Biell stadium. And while players grew up from places as far away as California and Detroit, one player is returning to the field where he played high school football.
Chris Brooks played linebacker at Marshfield high school nearly five years ago.
"I originally went to Green Bay after high school," Brooks said. "I originally went there for architecture. I was on a flag football team over there."
Brooks is a welder in Stratford when he's not practicing with the sharks. Both him and Prescott say they play in a "working man's league".
"People have lives outside of here," Brooks said. "They have families. They got weddings. They got baby showers. They got kids. Your immediate family comes first in a way. But we do as much as we can to keep this family together."
A family about to embark on a new journey as the Marshfield Sharks.
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