For some, being able to be part of Northwest athletics comes with few strings attached, but for the Weber family, being a Bearcat means so much more.
When Coleman Weber reports to offseason workouts this summer, it won’t be the first time someone from the family gets the opportunity to put the Bearcat paw onto the dazzling white football helmet. It won’t be the first time someone from the family gets to walk through the bell tower during orientation day on campus, and it won’t be the first time someone from the family gets to experience life as a Bearcat.
To provide context into the rich history of Bearcats included in the Weber family; Coleman Weber’s older brother Logan Weber is a junior on campus, and his cousin Megan Tollefson played softball at Northwest.
Perhaps Coleman Weber’s deepest tie to Northwest football lies within Dave Tollefson. Dave Tollefson, who played football for the Bearcats for two seasons from 2004-05, was crowned a Super Bowl champion twice as a member of the New York Giants.
“Growing up, I always heard my cousin Dave talk about Northwest and style of play and the will to win they have there,” Coleman Weber said. “I had made it a goal for me at a young age to make it to Northwest because I knew that they were of high caliber and the best place to be.”
At Northwest, the family atmosphere seems to be of high priority, as it often can be defined as a “home away from home.” The Webers can be the textbook example of this.
“Family was a huge part of the decision,” Coleman’s mom Stephanie Weber said. “I have listened for years as they talk about the relationships they have built on campus and they have lasted all these years while being the best friendships and relationships of their lives.”
Coleman Weber is finishing his senior year at Lawson High School in Lawson, Missouri, and played multiple positions on the football field as well as being a multi-sport athlete for the Cardinals. Rarely ever coming off the field as a tight end on offense and a defensive end on the defensive side of the ball, Coleman Weber proved to often be seen on the highlight reels.
Coleman Weber created a resume that proved to stand out to multiple colleges, but he was waiting for a sole call: Northwest.
“As his parents, it’s something you dream about but until you get here, you truly don’t know how proud you can really be,” Stephanie Weber said. “When he started getting phone calls from other schools, it was exciting, but nothing really matched the feelings we had when Northwest called.”
Coleman Weber is committing to Northwest as a preferred walk with an “athlete” title until further evaluated by the Bearcat coaching staff to determine where he is the best fit. The level of excitement about the opportunity to play for head coach Rich Wright and be part of a national championship caliber football team by Coleman Weber is above most.
“Like Coach Wright said, it’s not about the name on the back of the jersey, it’s about the name on the front and who you are playing for,” Coleman Weber said. “I’m ready to get up, go to work and be a part of the nation’s best program.”