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Senior safety Tony Faller capped off his Lakeland College football career in style at the All American Bowl on Dec. 17 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minn.
The Oostburg, Wis., native recorded four tackles, a pass break up and blocked a field goal attempt to help the Stars slide past the Stripes, 17-13.
"It was a cool experience playing in the Metrodome," said Faller. "I've never been able to play on an NFL field before. I enjoyed getting to know and spending time with players from all over the country."
Faller didn't miss many snaps during his four-year standout career at Lakeland, but had to share playing time with another safety, "I wasn't used to not being on the field every snap, so it was a little hard to watch some plays from the sideline," said Faller. "I just wanted to jump in and make a play."
The All American Bowl was founded in 1996 to give athletes the opportunity to compete against the best at their level in an all-star game setting. The All American Bowl was created to fill the void of the lack of all-star games available to athletes in high school, DII, DIII, JUCO and minor league football. In April of 1996, the first All American Bowl was played in Minnesota. The All American Bowl also gives athletes the potential to be scouted by colleges and professional football teams.
While Faller's career as a Muskie came to an end this fall, he has been asked to try out for the Green Bay Blizzard, a professional indoor football team, in February.
"This was definitely a great experience and I was happy to represent Lakeland one last time," said Faller.