MARQUETTE, Mich. (WZMQ) – We are learning more now about the decision to end the U.P. All Star High School Football Game after 16 years.
Organizer Todd Goldbeck told 19 News the reason is simply outside obligations. Goldbeck spends nearly a 1000 hours a year working on the game and with a growing family he just doesn’t have that time to dedicate towards the game. His son plays competitive volleyball and travels the country with his club team, which takes up a lot of Goldbecks time.
Over the games history more than 1,200 players had the chance to step on the field and represent their High Schools. According to Goldbeck he has no regrets about the game and is proud of the product he put on and everything the game was able to accomplish.
“I did this for the people of the U.P, my wife is from Gwinn and we have that connection there, we really felt like this was a special thing for the people of the U.P.,” commented Goldbeck.
Goldbeck says he is open to the idea of someone taking over the all star game or starting their own version.