Caleb Kunkle never made things about himself.
(He’d probably be upset with me for writing this.)
He always put the needs of others ahead of his own, especially on the football field.
If that meant pushing his body to its brink, so be it.
“He pushed the limits,” Jay County High School football coach Tim Millspaugh said. “Because he did that, he was willing to put his body in harm’s way where most other people would not.
“If Michael Schlechty runs through a hole and there’s a smaller kid in the hole, a lot of those kids would step out of it. Caleb would have never done that. He was a very physical football player. Some people do not gravitate to a physical game, and he thrived on that stuff.”
Known as “Bobo” by his circle of friends and teammates, Caleb had high aspirations for his senior year. As a junior, he was second on the team in tackles, was first in tackles for loss, caused three fumbles and recovered another.
He wanted to be an all-state defensive player.
Those plans changed abruptly on Aug. 11, 2016, when he was involved in a single-vehicle accident on his way to JCHS for the first day of school.