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November 9, 2012

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

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"It just really makes me happy that people tell me these things of how great of a person he is."

He also said the family tie also comes with some good-natured ribbing. "Sometimes (teammates) make jokes, saying 'you are not a lineman like your uncle' or, if I drop passes, there will be kidding, but not too much," he said.

Nick, who also wrestles for the Defenders, plans to go to school for the next six years and study physical therapy, and doesn't plan to play college football.

Jake, who also competes in track and field, said that when his mother told him about his uncle, "I started asking questions to find out who he was and what he did. She showed me his football card from when he played and then said he coached for them as the offensive line coach — and now he is the head coach."

After the firing and then the death of legendary coach Joe Paterno, Munchak's college coach, officials at his alma mater began to woo him to replace Paterno.

Munchak was often rumored to be close to taking the job but, his nephews said, it was not going to happen.

Said Nick, "I was told that he wasn't going to take the job. He loves the Titans. It's probably one of his favorite teams, it's like his life, and he has always been with them. He wouldn't give that up for the world. I figured he wouldn't take the Penn State job."

Jake said, "I was happy to hear about it. They needed a new coach and when he became the coach, it put a big smile on my face. People started asking 'is that your uncle who is the coach now?"

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