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Former Roswell, NMMI grad goes to ENMU

Former Roswell and NMMI football player Victor Bolanos will continue his education and athletic career at Eastern New Mexico University. (Eastern New Mexico University Athletic Communications)

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New Mexico Military Institute Bronco Victor Bolanos who will graduate this spring is on to the next level of his collegiate football career. He has signed to play at Eastern New Mexico University at Portales.

ENMU was interested in him since his senior year at Roswell High.

“They had been looking at me, I just thought NMMI gave me a better chance to grow for two years as a player and an individual,” Bolanos said.

Victor, though, has never used his abilities to play football as a springboard to play at the next level.

“If you’re there just to play football, you’ll never develop your full potential as a person. For those incoming freshmen, I would say to them, go to class,” Bolanos suggested. “Because even if you’re playing football, academics are a big part of that.”

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And he should know. “NMMI is the best education any student or student-athlete can earn here,” he said.

Granted military school is not for everyone, however, Bolanos learned from his father — Rueben Bolanos, and also his uncles who played collegiate sports — that you must give it your all in the classroom and on the field.

“My dad (Rueben) never forced me to play football, but once I began to play, and I liked it, he was there to encourage me,” Victor Bolanos added.

In his two years as a Bronco, Victor Bolanos anchored the offense at center. But he quickly found out that the athletes at the collegiate level were bigger and better than him.

“I was not going to be pushed around,” said Victor Bolanos, who is 6-foot-4, 270 pounds. NMMI head coach Joe Forchtner stated that Victor Bolanos contributed in key spots for the Broncos in football this season. He was snapped against NEO and performed well for them. Forchtner admires the obstacles Bolanos has overcome to get to this point in his life.

“You have that competitive drive where everyone is squatting 500 to 600 pounds, they are benching what you’re benching. Because my thoughts are when I am on the field, I am the one who’s going to whoop you,” Victor Bolanos said.

Victor Bolanos also made the point that a person must seek a balance in their lives, and his spiritual side balances that scale. It’s one of the reasons he chose to go to ENMU. “My offensive line coach, he’s a Christian that I can relate to,” he said.

As for his career plans, Victor Bolanos has two desires: become a coach or be a game warden — poachers beware.

Coach Kelley Lee on Victor Bolanos: “Vic is a big kid that we are really excited to add to the mix. He’s played for two great head coaches in Jeff Lynn and Joe Forchnter down in Roswell and we are excited that he made the decision to be a Greyhound. He has a nasty streak that we love in our boys up front and we feel like his best football is still ahead of him. We expect that he will come in and push for playing time right away.”


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