FLASHBACK REWIND: Shane Tripucka from Allen (Texas) to Texas A&M punter

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One of the fun things about running a national website is you get to meet a lot of great people along the way.

Back in 2012, I struck-up a “Twitter relationship” with Chris Tripucka, whose son Shane was a wide receiver/punter at Allen High School in Texas.  At the time, I recognized his last name (because of former NBA player Kelly Tripucka), but didn’t realize that Chris and I were sitting in the same section of Lafayette College’s Alumni Gym where he and I were watching college basketball games.  I was there because I was a fan, Chris was there because his brother Tracy was the star of the Lafayette Leopards.  To this day, Tracy remains Lafayette’s all-time leading scorer with 1,973 points in three varsity seasons.

Ok, back to football.

As Chris and I talked, I learned that his son was a very good punter.  I also learned that Shane wanted to take those punting talents to a Division I-A college football program.  Yes, Chris and I are old school…no FBS, FCS crap.  As we talked, I learned that landing a scholarship as a punter isn’t easy.

Shane Tripucka was good enough to punt in the Under Armour All-American game after his senior season, which ended with Allen winning the first of three straight High School Football America “mythical” national championships.  And, while many would think playing in such a high-profile showcase like the Under Armour All-American game would lead to Football Bowl Subdivision scholarship offers…it never happened, although Division I-AA Sam Houston State (Football Championship Subdivision) did offer him a full ride.

Eventually, Texas A&M came around and gave Shane a shot to become an Aggie as a preferred walk-on.  Chris and Shane, who worked as a team to achieve Shane’s dream, decided that Texas A&M was the best place to achieve that dream.

Saturday, after years of hard work, Shane’s dream becomes a reality as he will be A&M’s starting punter against UCLA in College Station, Texas.  In addition, Shane has now been rewarded with a full scholarship for his final two years of eligibility.

Today’s Flashback Rewind takes a look at this father/son journey Chris’ appearance on the High School Football America Radio Show in May 2012 and then Shane’s in September 12.

Related: Shane Tripucka’s Texas A&M profile

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Jeff Fisher
Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.