Feb. 18, 2016
The latest list of additions to the Pennsylvania roster for the Big 30 All-Star Charities Classic includes another second-generation player from Port Allegany, Ethan Budd.
Donning the same No. 76 jersey worn by his father Greg (1983) and brother Nick (2013), both previous Big 30 Game participants, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound lineman earned a spot on the Allegheny Mountain League all-star squad for the second season in a row during Port’s run to the AML North title.
“Ethan has been an extremely reliable part of our team his entire career,” Gator coach Justin Bienkowski said. “I don’t think I remember him missing a single practice, which is rare in today’s era. I’m biased towards linemen anyhow, but Ethan was a staple for us as a two-way starter on both sides of the ball as an offensive and defensive lineman. He was a two-year captain and has grown up a ton in building character and showing his teammates the importance of the impact the weight room can have on the football field. I could always count on him leading our linemen drills in practice and being a role model for the younger guys.”
Already a District 9 wrestling champion, state qualifier, and Big 30 All-Star as a junior, Budd put his grappling skills to good use on the gridiron, averaging 7.6 tackles per game to tie for second on the team.
According to the Big 30 release, Ethan “is looking forward to playing in the game his father and brother both played in. His most memorable moments playing football were making it to the final four in the state playoffs, and running in a two-point conversion” in the regular-season finale against Sheffield.
Budd, who plans to major in engineering in college, listed hunting, fishing, boating and lifting among his favorite leisure-time activities, and cited the Pittsburgh Steelers and James Harrison as his favorite football team and player.