BETHALTO, Ill. (KMOX) – The Deckard family is a package deal. Which ever college is lucky enough to entice senior triplets Andrew, Brandon, and Curtis Deckard next year won’t just be gaining three gifted lineman, but also a new team-mom leading the cheering section.
The Deckards have played together since they could fit into pads, and through four years at Civic Memorial High School they expect to continue that into college.
“Yeah, we tell (colleges) we all want to go together and pretty much we want to stay together through college,” Andrew Deckard says. “(We’ll) go our separate ways after college. But we want to stay together so I guess we are more comfortable transitioning from high school to college football.”
The three have agreed not only to go to the next level together, but also keep it close to home. So their No. 1 fan, Marcia Deckard, can always be at home games.
“She’s basically getting our name out there for us,” Curtis says. “And so all we have to focus on is playing in the game.”
Brandon Deckard praised his mother as far as to say she was the one that taught them how to play in the front yard. And never letting them forget that fact.
“She always reminds us how she used to knock us down in the front yard and help us up,” Andrew Deckard says. “Teach us to be a little tougher.”
Through a decade of football together, the triplets have not only toughened each other up, but also build a trust that they don’t want to see end this fall.
“Well we’ve been playing since we were eight,” Brandon says. “So we know for a fact that the guy next to us is going to be doing their job.”
“I know Brandon is going to get the hit spot,” Andrew Deckard says. “And I’m going to get my guy and there is going to be a lane. Like we almost know it all the time.”
But the brothers aren’t just working to make each other better. They also take pride in preparing the younger Civic Memorial linemen to carry the load once they are gone.
“We’re really just trying to support the younger guys,” Curtis Deckard says. “Because we know once we are gone, they are going to have to take our spots. So we have to get them as comfortable as we can.”
We asked Curtis, Brandon and Andrew to share their favorite part of the last decade of football together.
Andrew: “We know that if one of us is slacking, we are going to pick him up so they can get the job done and get better. Because we all have a goal to get to the next level and it’s just awesome playing next to them.”
Brandon: “Just being with each other, I know they will support me in anything I’ll do.”
Curtis: “I’d say keeping each other under control on the field, making sure we don’t do any arguing.”
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