Youngest brother carries on football tradition
Jan. 11, 2018 at 10:36 p.m.
Updated Jan. 12, 2018 at 6 a.m.
The bond between Bo and Pam Wick's three sons is a tight one.
So is their competitive nature.
"We've always been pretty competitive with each other," Cullen Wick said. "Whenever Cole made it, that kind of made Evan want to go and do the same thing as his older brother. Since they're both doing it, I kind of have to outdo both of them."
The three brothers excelled in athletics and played football for coach Pat Henke at Hallettsville Sacred Heart.
But the Wicks have carried the family legacy well beyond their hometown.
Cullen signed with the University of Tulsa last month to become the third brother to play college football on the Division I level.
Cole played at the University of the Incarnate Word and earned all-conference honors before becoming the school's first player to make an NFL roster after signing as a free agent with the Detroit Lions.
He is currently a member of the San Francisco 49ers practice squad.
Evan was an all-conference defensive end at Blinn College before signing with East Tennessee State University.
He became a tight end and had six catches for 75 yards last season.
Cullen signed with Blinn after his senior year at Sacred Heart and redshirted before starting at defensive end last season.
"At first, I wasn't sure what I was going to do," Cullen said. "Coming from Sacred Heart, there are not a lot of people who get offers out of high school. My brother (Evan) came up with the idea. He went to Blinn and said he really liked it. I ended going too, and we both got offers."
Cullen earned his Tulsa offer by recording 45 tackles and 7.5 sacks last season.
"It was a pretty big transition, and there were a lot of things I had to learn," he said. "My redshirt year, I learned a lot and did a lot on my own."
Cullen was also recruited by Texas State but was impressed by Tulsa's potential.
"The year before, they won a bowl," he said. "This year was kind of a building year for them. They didn't have a good record, but you could see past that and see them winning as they have in the past."
Cullen realizes the long odds of the Wick brothers accomplishing what they have, but he isn't surprised given their talent and work ethic.
"We really loved football," he said. "We've been playing it since junior high and playing it at Sacred Heart. We had the desire and talent to play at any level.
"Playing in college was always something in the back of my mind," he added. "But when you're going to a small private school, you kind of think, 'Has anyone gone and played Division I?' Maybe my brother and a couple of other guys. I figured I could do it at Blinn if I needed to. It became more of a goal right at the junior year of high school."
Cullen's goal for his sophomore season at Tulsa is to get on the field.
"My goal is to start," he said. "I want to play as much as I can. The ultimate goal is to be starting this spring and go into the season with the one spot."
Cullen is looking forward to next season and knows the brothers will keep their parents busy in the fall.
"If I'm playing in Texas, they'll probably go watch my game," he said. "I'm sure they'll drive up to Tennessee and watch a couple of my older brother's games. They'll have to decide on how much they want to spend on driving around all over the place."
Mike Forman is the sports editor for the Victoria Advocate. Contact him at 361-580-6588 or email@example.com.