The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


November 9, 2012

Harold Raker's column on high school football: Valley brothers have rooting interest in Titans

Around the time that a lot of children learn about Santa Claus, Missy Rohm unveiled much more positive news to her sons, future Warrior Run High School players Nick and Jake.

The brothers -- Nick is now an 18-year-old and Jake a 15-year-old sophomore, both wide receivers and defensive backs -- had already begun their football careers in the youth program. That made what their mother told them at that age even more meaningful.

They learned that former Penn State University All-America and Houston Oilers Hall of Fame football player Mike Munchak is their uncle -- their mom's brother.

When the brothers received the news, Nick first, then Jake a few years later, Munchak was the offensive line coach for the Tennessee Titans and had played 16 years with the Oilers. He became the Titans head coach last season.

One might think that when the two Defenders get together with their uncle, they would spend a lot of time talking about their favorite sport.

Not the case, according to the Rohms, son of Robert and Missy Rohm.

"We don't," said Nick, whose Defenders completed their season last Friday. "When we see him it is to be with him, be together as a family, and talk about how life is. It is not about the football team.

"It is more of a reunion. We are happy to all be together and it is good to see him. It is really exciting because we don't get to see him too often, like our other uncles," Nick said.

Jake, whose season ended Monday night with a junior varsity contest, said, "It's pretty awesome. My parents don't brag about it, but it's good to have (a famous football uncle). People come up to me and ask me about him and I tell them that I met him a bunch of times."

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