2021 Pottsville Crimson Tide athlete Bobby Walchak takes care of business on and off the field.
He strives for excellence in the classroom and is someone the Crimson Tide football coaches and players can count on.
“My love for football started at a really young age. While growing up, I always watched the Philadelphia Eagles play on TV and I would run around the house with my Eagles jersey and a football,” Walchak said.
His family and love for the game help motivate him to play. He couldn’t imagine life without it.
“My dad had the most impact on me growing up. He was overweight when I was little, and he did everything he could to lose weight and kept pushing himself to slim down. That kind of push inspires me today to think about that and push myself to be the person I aspire to be.”
Bobby Walchak is a few games into his junior season with the Pottsville Crimson Tide of Pottsville, Pennsylvania. As a freshman defensive end and linebacker, he recorded 58 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 12 quarterback hurries, four sacks, and three forced fumbles. At running back, he carried the ball 43 times for 225 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught six passes for 68 yards and one touchdown.
The Pottsville Crimson Tide finished 2018 with a 7-5 (2-3 Schuylkill 1 Conference) record and Walchak earned the following honors: 2018 All-Area Rookie of the Year, Second Team All-Area Defensive End and Academic Gold Team. He also has a 4.0 GPA. Check out his sophomore highlights.
“I believe that the classroom and hitting the books is super important. You can’t go anywhere for football if you don’t get the job done in the classroom. As for my teammates, I’m always checking up on them to see if they need help with understanding new material and helping the underclassmen with any questions they might have,” Walchak said about how important academics are as a student-athlete.
In his spare time, he enjoys looking at the stars. He loves watching the sky at night with no clouds so he can just look at the stars and think peacefully. His backup plan or second career after football is the medical field. He wants to be a physician’s assistant.
“My expectation for recruiting is for high academic and athletic schools to come in contact with me. My goal is to make it [to] Division I and I’m trying my best on and off the field to make that happen.”
Looking at Bobby Walchak on film, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound athlete and Pottsville native has solid speed in pursuit of the ballcarrier. He sheds blocks really well and what college defensive staffs will love about him is his tackling ability. He wraps them up and broken tackles are rare when he engages. He feels that he’s most effective in space. He makes great open-field tackles and never lets anyone get the outside edge on him. He can also crash downfield on a guard or take on the blocking fullback.
“I think the best part of my game is the versatility of my gameplay. I can go out and match the speed of receivers and running backs, but I’m also strong enough to bang with the big dogs on the line and make tackles,” Walchak said.
Pottsville Crimson Tide Head Football Coach Tom Mcgeoy knew that Walchak was ready for varsity football after seeing him succeed on the freshman football team and be a key piece. Mcgeoy added that he is a smart, athletic kid with good size, and he fit in with the varsity team the minute he stepped in the weight room. On top of that, he has a good work ethic that helps him excel as a player and student.
“We throw a lot at Bobby because we know he can handle it. On offense, I don’t have to tell him where to line up all the time, and he knows who to block after going over it once. So that is important. The same can be said for him on defense. He picks the adjustments up quickly and is able to help his teammates get lined up as well.”
As a junior, Bobby Walchak wants to make the All-State team, get defensive player of the year, and win district and state championships with his team.
The Pottsville Crimson Tide look to get to 3-1 to finish the first quarter of the season as they play the Crestwood Comets Friday, Sept.13. They look to do the same. Game time is 7 pm eastern.