• Brian Freiberger

Just Another Small Town with a Football Program

The “Law of the farm.”

This simple quote on the back of my very first Comet T-shirt has a very significant meaning attached to our 2015 Comet football team. There are a few rules about our farm that people need to know: Clock-in come August, return when the job is finished in November, work hard, sacrifice and play with a chip on your shoulder. Our football field is the farm – this farm is more than just land and crops -- it’s our heritage and our future. From 1844 to 2015 and beyond, Olivet football is a brotherhood.

Coming into my first collegiate football season, I was a wide-eyed freshman who came from the middle of nowhere, to another middle-of-nowhere. With the chance to continue playing the game I’ve loved since I was born, I knew coming to Olivet College, and a football team stacked with 32 seniors, would be a great experience for me to develop, learn and feel what collegiate football is all about. Being on a scout team facing against perhaps the best offense in the MIAA averaging 45.2 points per game humbles me very deeply knowing just how much I have to improve.

By sticking with my commitment to play football at Olivet, I was lucky enough to witness our team accomplish great things. Such as our first 7-0 start in school history and becoming co-conference champions with a 6-1 record tied alongside Albion and Trine.

Throughout the season, I didn’t hear a negative word slip from any of the seniors’ or coaches’ mouths – all positivity – even when times got tough after starting out 7-0 for the first time in Olivet College history, then dropping a rivalry game to Albion College. This team never hung its head. Instead, this loss made us realize what the most important thing is about football.

To have fun.

Comet football isn’t glamorous – far from it – but with a genuine coaching staff and players who want to be