by nathan oster
In addition to watching two good teams battle it out in the opening round of the playoffs, fans of the Greybull Buffs will get a chance to see one of, if not the, most accomplished alum of its football program on Friday night in Greybull.
Brett Keisel is coming to town.
The former Pittsburgh Steeler defensive end and two-time Super Bowl champion will be attending the game, not only to see his two nephews who suit up for the Buffs, junior Gabe Keisel and freshman Zack Keisel, but also to participate in a special halftime ceremony.
This year marks the NFL’s 50th season and to commemorate the occasion, the league has painted the 50-yard-line golden in all of its stadiums and is celebrating the players and games that contributed to the league’s success.
Among the ways it is doing so is through a Super Bowl High School Honor Roll program which honors the high schools and communities that produced every player or head coach who has ever appeared in a Super Bowl.
Keisel is expected to present a golden football to GHS Principal Ty Flock and Activities Director Nolan Tracy during a ceremony at the beginning of the second half of Friday night’s game between Greybull and Big Horn. Keisel plans to watch the game from the sidelines, said Flock.
Keisel is one of four Wyoming athletes with Super Bowl experience. He played in Super Bowls XL, XLIII and XLV, winning the first two before losing the most recent one. His final season with the Steelers was 2014-15.
The other three Super Bowl alums with Wyoming roots include Boyd Dowler (Cheyenne Central) who played in Super Bowls I and II with the Green Bay Packers; Jerry Hill (Lingle) who played in Super Bowls III and V with the Baltimore Colts; and John Burrough (Pinedale) who played in Super Bowl XXXIII with the Atlanta Falcons.
In addition to coming back to watch his nephews and for the presentation, two of Keisel’s high school classmates will be coaching in Friday’s game. Jeff Hunt is an assistant coach for the Buffs, while Michael McGuire is the head coach of the Big Horn Rams. All three graduated from GHS in 1997.
With it being an opening round playoff game, the Wyoming High School Activities Association will be charging an admission fee of $5 for adults and $3 for students, according to GHS Principal Ty Flock.
Tickets will be sold on the northeast, west and southeast entrances to the football field.
GHS has asked the WHSAA for permission to broadcast the game on TCT and as of Tuesday, it was still planning to do so.