Brothers In The Backfield

Evan and Tim Pokornowski Show That Football Is Family

Evan Pokornowski remembers, “I think the first time Tim every threw a football was to me when we were 2 and 3 years old.”

For many athletes a team is a family, but for Evan and Tim Pokornowski the saying rings a little truer.

Tim Pokornowski says, “He used to be my center actually, in youth football and if something bad would happen, we’d just get mad at each other.”

Head Football Coach Thomas Lenarz says, “They’re a lot of fun. They’re great kids, they work as hard as anyone on the team.”

Evan now in his senior year and Tim a junior both have important roles to fill on the Lumberjack football team.

Evan explains “Middle linebacker I call the plays on the defense, as quarterback he calls the plays on the offense, it’s just kind of really sweet.”

Coach Lenarz adds, “Tough as nails, they both bring a toughness which we really appreciate.”

Stemming from a love of football they found a very long time ago.

Evan says “kind of more of my mom honestly. She’s the one who raised us to be who we are you know? She’s always been the one to push us harder in any sport we’ve ever played in so i give a lot of credit to her for where we are right now.”

Although they may be brothers Tim and Evan are far from identical.

Evan jokes, “He’s probably smarter than I am for one.”

Tim remembers, “He used to not be the most coordinated kid, we’d always be better than him. Really he’s gotten way better and he’s a really good player now.”

Evan continues, “He always like to wear long sleeve shirts even if it’s 80 degrees out. Almost everyday in practice he’s wearing long compression pants, it’s just how he is, he likes to look good I guess.”

What they do share is a passion for the game of football.

Coach Lenarz adds, “For them to be playing now on the same team I think is probably pretty special for them as well. They’re both tremendous athletes but obviously they’re different players.”

Evan says, “I’m proud of my brother, and myself honestly, it’s really great being able to play with him.”

A love found only between brothers.

Tim explains, “It means a lot, knowing he’ll move out soon, he’s always been my brother.”

Evan says, “Having Tim being on offense doing the same thing, just making the team great, that would be my wish graduating”

Tim adds, “To go to the state tournament would be really fun to go with him”

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