Bryce Bertl views himself as a low-key athlete.
But that low-key approach has resulted in a big opportunity for the 6-foot-2, 315-pound Fowlerville senior left tackle later this month.
Bertl recently accepted an invite to compete in the Blue-Grey All-American Bowl at AT&T Cowboys Stadium later this month in Dallas. And he’s ready for a chance to play on a big stage against players from across the nation.
“That will be amazing,” Bertl said. “My grandpas, I lost them last year within nine months. They’ve always wanted to see me play at the highest level. I’m trying to do that for them and for myself because I know they’d be really proud of me.”
Bertl joins Lakewood lineman Dane Stambaugh as the players from the Lansing area that are scheduled to compete in the Dec. 22 contest. A three-year starter at left tackle for Fowlerville, Bertl is coming off a successful senior season that included helping the Gladiators reach the state playoffs for the first time since 2010.
Bertl, who has interest from several Division II and NAIA programs, said he’s better mastered his craft as a lineman over his three years playing varsity. He believes he’s become much more physical and improved at finishing blocks.
“Sophomore year was kind of a big step considering going from freshman football to varsity football,” Bertl said. “I learned that it takes a lot of hard work and that you need to show dominance out on the field.”
Now Bertl is ready to see how far he’s come when he gets to compete against other talented players.
“I’m just excited for the opportunity and hopefully I can capitalize on it,” Bertl said.