Raabe Classic: Nick Budd

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May 9, 2013

Nick Budd became a member of two exclusive clubs last fall. With his selection to the Big 30 All-Star and Pennsylvania Football News All-State teams, the Port Allegany senior made both squads for the second time – once each on offense and defense.

A four-year starter on the offensive line, the 6-3, 250-pound Budd was also a force at defensive tackle, contributing 56 tackles and a team-best seven sacks as the Gators (13-1) claimed their second straight District 9 championship and advanced to the Class A state semifinals.

The 2012 recipient of the Big 30 “Unsung Lineman of the Year” Award, Budd has accepted an invitation to play in the 40th annual Don Raabe Charities Classic. According to the press release, Budd “has long considered the invitation to play in the Raabe Big 30 Game a great honor and something he has looked forward to since he was a small child.” He lists the comeback win against Sharpsville as his greatest football thrill, and the Pittsburgh Steelers and James Harrison as his favorite team and player.

A two-sport standout also named to the Olean Times Herald’s “Fab 15” wrestling all-stars for the third time after winning the D-9 285-pound title and placing second at states, Budd has decided to continue his mat career at Gannon, where he plans to study mechanical engineering. He enjoys hunting and boating in his spare time.

Nick’s father, Gregg Budd, was selected to play in the 1983 Big 30 Game, a 16-14 Pennsy victory.

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